From training College students to working in 5* hotels, setting up her own business to running prestigious events, Hannah has a wealth of hospitality experience under her belt.
Working in a Bakery from age 12, Hannah helped on the counter on a Sunday before starting to help the bakers with cakes and bread and really enjoying it. When she left school, she didn’t want to go on to do A levels and her mum suggested catering.
“I went to have a look and the course which was at Thames Valley University- It was really impressive going to meet the chefs and brigade and I wanted to be part of it.” Hannah said.
As soon as Hannah started the course, she got the ‘bug’. Students had to work in the industry while training, so she bagged herself a job at a small restaurant near her home, which was run by the Chairman of the Master Chefs of Great Britain.
“Terry was ‘Old School’ and had spent his career as a senior chef at the Savoy – it was a great start and he encouraged me to do my best. I was international catering student of the year and restaurant association student of the year- a big achievement for a female chef back in the 90’s and had won a trip to New York and Paris.”
Hannah had worked in various 5* hotels and establishments across Mayfair and Knightsbridge, gaining experience and learning her craft under top chefs.
“At 25, I had a partner who was a chef and we came to Cornwall for the summer- that was 13 years ago! We married and living in Cornwall I had worked at Watergate bay, Paul Ainsworth’s No6 and spent 9 years as the head pastry chef and training chefs at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.”
Hannah left to start up her private catering business ‘Hansolochef’ in 2016 – a name that started as a joke with the chefs in the kitchen and stuck.
“I have helped my friends start up their restaurants, worked events and catered for prestigious events before settling into private cheffing.
Hannah still finds the buzz from service addictive and loves using new ingredients and developing ideas for new dishes to showcase to her clients.
Alongside her business, Hannah works at the Ofsted-outstanding Truro and Penwith College as a Training Advisor, Part-time Lecturer and as Hospitality Table Cornwall’s Programme Designer/ Developer.
“I feel a sense of achievement every time I bump into an Apprentice I trained and they are flying in the industry- on a personal level my biggest achievement has to be my business and its growth from 4 years ago!”
“Hard work and dedication will get you places, be kind, set yourself realistic targets, always look for the next opportunity, and keep the people that help you along the way close!”