Staff profile

Ewen Crilley

Acting Head of Discipline - Culinary Arts and Food Development

Ewan Crilley in a lecture theatre.


Culinary Arts and Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism


Buxton Campus, Derby Campus



I am the acting Head of Discipline for Culinary Arts and Food Development, based at our Buxton and Derby Campuses. I work within the centres leadership team. I work closely with the course director to ensure the smooth delivery of the programmes in the discipline.

My main duties include line management of the culinary team, student recruitment, developing relationships with industry, networking and promoting the discipline and centre both nationally and internationally. 

As a trained hospitality professional in operations management, food and beverage management and a restaurateur, I also teach a wide range of subjects in the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. I specialise in food and beverage operations, including event catering, restaurant operations, wine studies and running food businesses.

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for:

I also teach on aspects of food anthropology, professional development, restaurant and event operations. 

Many of the modules on the culinary and hospitality programmes are practical and are vital in the development of the professional behaviours, technical skills and attitudes for successful careers. Students get the opportunity to develop these traits through experiential learning opportunities such as weddings, conferences, banquets, and private dining.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


  • Msc. International Tourism Management (currently in study)
  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Business Management
  • PGCE Higher Education


  • WSET Level 1 in Wines and Spirits
  • WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits
  • WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits
  • BII award in Personal Licence
  • Train the Trainer Pre PTLS
  • NVQ award Welcome Host, Customer service delivery

Recent conferences

Crilley, E (2019). A review of rubric use and design in developing assessment and feedback within hospitality education. 2019 CHME Conference, Greenwich.

Crilley, E, and Cseh, L. (2017). A preliminary investigation into the food service market, cooking, presentation methods and materials. Does it enhance the dining experience? 2017 CHME Conference, Aalborg.

Experience in industry

I have worked exclusively in the hospitality and restaurant industry since leaving school. I have gathered over 20 years of experience within the hotel and food and beverage industry. I have also worked for a range of businesses, from small independent country house hotels, restaurants, bars, golf clubs, cruise liners and retirement villages, delivering up to 5-star operations and food to 3 AA-rosette restaurants. I have experience in carrying out quality audits with the AA and RAC as well delivering mystery guest audits and consultancy.

I held and ran my own businesses for five years, including a 12-bedroom hotel, three pubs, delicatessen and cafe and wine shop, all within the heart Derbyshire.

International experience

I have international experience working within cruise liners, ski chalet and beach holidays, all delivering food and beverage operations and training. 

Additional interests and activities

In the media

Students cook up a treat with help from three top chefs, newspaper article, Derby Telegraph (Main), 09/05/2018, p.34, Unattributed

Recent publications

Sakellarios, N., Skevi, O. & Crilley, E. (2016). Hospitality Intelligence (HI) level in the UK educational sector: A preliminary study.

Blog Posts

supermarket shelves and trolley

Ewen Crilley, Head of Discipline for Culinary Arts and Food Development at the University of Derby, reviews the changes in our habits and behaviours towards food and eating during Coronavirus lockdown.

Food and wine pairing

Ewen Crilley, Hospitality Operations Trainer at the University of Derby, gives his simple guide to wine and food pairing to help you get the perfect match.

Healthy eating

Ewen Crilley, Hospitality Operations Trainer at the University of Derby, gives his top tips on how to eat well for less.