Staff profile

Chris Jones

Course Director - Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism

Chris Jones standing outside Buxton Dome


Event Management, Culinary Arts and Management, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism


Buxton Campus, Derby Campus



I am the course director for the Centre of Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. I work as part of the centre leadership team and manage the curriculum quality and student experience for the Tourism, Event, Hospitality and Culinary programmes. 

My main duties include ensuring that the 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 combine in-depth subject knowledge with industry experience to support students to develop essential tools to be successful as hospitality professionals.

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 programmes are technical 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

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

I am currently studying for a PhD in sustainable food production. It will investigate how choice architecture and menu marketing psychology can be employed to encourage plant-based food choices, reduce animal protein consumption and shift dietary patterns to more nutritious and sustainable alternatives. It is focused on the restaurant sector of the Peak District National Park.

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

Professional chef posing for photo

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