What can you tell us about your professional experience?
I started my hospitality journey at the tender age of 12 working at a hotel in my hometown of Nairn. I went on to study hotel management and receive my HCIMA professional qualification from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen.
In 1995, I joined the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) in Oman.
How are you leaving your mark on the F&B industry?
At NHI, we have spent many years introducing young talents to the industry, providing them with great opportunities. Our job at NHI is to ensure that they are ready to seize these opportunities. My team and I are passionate about hospitality, which we have all been part of for so long, and we aim to pass on some of that passion to our students.
Oman now has some incredible young Omani hospitality leaders who are taking the industry forward and working locally with fantastic brands.
Through our hands-on, practical approach to training, we have inspired a future generation of chefs who will do Oman proud.
How would you rate Oman’s culinary scene?
There are a number of young Omani chefs who are rising through the ranks. They are the chefs of the future and also role models for youngsters who are contemplating a career in the culinary arts.
In addition, Oman has a greater selection of restaurants than ever before, from luxurious spots to street food options.
How do you foresee Oman’s hospitality future?
Oman is a stunning country that boasts culture, nature, adventure and so much more. I believe that it will become a coveted destination.