Richard joined the academia after an extended career as a chef, predominantly managing foodservice operations in the prestige club, heritage facility and hotel sectors. Since then, he has taught a suite of courses in hospitality and tourism management and professional development, often underpinned by experiential learning approaches. His expertise and scholarship in teaching & learning are recognized by various awards and advisory appointments at state and national level. He currently holds a three-year UQ Research Development Fellowship. Richard’s research focuses on workforce development in the hospitality and tourism industries and food tourism. His work in these areas are published in leading academic journals in the field, monographs, book chapters, international conference proceedings, practitioner periodicals and numerous consultancy and government reports. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma in Business and PhD from The University of Queensland.