Staff profile

Chris Jones

Course Director - Culinary Arts and Food Development

Chris Jones standing outside Buxton Dome


Culinary Arts and Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism


Buxton Campus, Derby Campus



I am the course director for Culinary Arts and Food Development. I work as part of the centre leadership team and manage the programmes in the fields of culinary arts, food product design and development, restaurant development, and food and beverage management.

My main duties include ensuring that the culinary programmes run smoothly, curriculum development, quality assurance and creating a positive student on-campus experience.

As a trained professional chef and restaurateur, I also teach a wide range of subjects in the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. I am also the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Lead for the discipline. I combine in-depth subject knowledge with industry experience to provide my students with expert teaching.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader for:

I also teach on aspects of event operations, conference and banqueting, and restaurant operations, as well as deliver Independent Studies sessions.

Many of the modules on the culinary programmes are practical and are vital in the development of the professional technical skills needed for successful careers in industry. Students get the opportunity to develop and test new knowledge and ideas in a creative environment and deliver events such as weddings, conferences, banquets, and private dining.

Professional interests

Research interests

My research areas are:

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked extensively in the restaurant sector, most notably as a regional trainer for the UK's largest casual dining chain. I have also worked for a range of businesses, from small independent hotels to 2 AA rosette restaurants. I have experience in carrying out quality and safety audits as well delivering food safety training, having completed CIEH Level 4 Advanced Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering.

Recent publications

Blog Posts

Chris Jones, former professional chef and inspirational teacher in Hospitality and Culinary Management, shares his experiences and stories to be successful.