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Nur Amirah Mazlan

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Lecturer in Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism

I began my education and career journey in 2008 in the culinary arts and hospitality sector in Malaysia and the UK. I was actively involved in various industrial projects, events, and international competitions as a chef back in Malaysia before I joined Malaysian higher education (Sunway University). My industrial experiences include hotels, resorts (Sheraton Imperial, Westin), medical centers, and airlines (Malaysia Airlines). 

I graduated in MA Culinary Arts Management (Distinction) from University College Birmingham in 2017, and I'm currently in the final stage of completing my PhD at the University of Sunderland. My thesis focused on gender and career in relation to the culinary arts industry.

My international teaching and working background allow me to connect with diverse students' backgrounds while my industrial experience will ensure more inclusive learning and enhance greater knowledge transfer.


My PhD research aims to explore the career experiences of female chefs in Malaysia. It also will investigate the role of gender and ethnicity and their future career prospects. My research has gathered female chefs from various industrial backgrounds, from the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia (Malay, Chinese, and Indian).

As the culinary industry and professional kitchen are known to be male-dominated, in addition to a strong collectivist – multicultural society in the country, there is a need to explore the reason behind the lack of female chefs in Malaysia. The contribution behind this is to educate, inform and enhance better career experiences for female chefs. Not to mention to extend more potential research on women's careers regardless of their occupational area, as it is always associated with various potential barriers.

  • Gender and career
  • International food and cuisines
  • Ethnicity
  • Culinary arts
  • Food and beverages operations
  • Customer services (hospitality, food and beverages, airlines)

Last updated 18 January 2023