In her time at Catering Design Group (CDG), Hazel Barnes has already become a cornerstone of the firm’s design department.
First encountering the Daventry-based kitchen design house in 2014 on 1-year work experience placement when studying interior architecture and design at Nottingham Trent University, she returned to the company in December last year as a Technical Designer after finishing her masters degree.
She jumped at the chance to work for the distributor once again because of the positive experience she had on placement, which also fuelled her love of a new career path within the commercial restaurant design sector. Both of her parents are trained chefs so this has also given her first-hand insight into the challenges facing chefs in a busy commercial kitchen environment.
Hazel has been relishing the opportunity of working in a real commercial design environment rather than the conceptual designs of her university days, working on live projects with budgets, deadlines and challenges.
She has developed her technical skills using design software like AutoCAD and Photoshop, becoming skilled in the complexities behind space planning, design and product research, preparing coloured plans, client presentations, assembly of full drawings to include layouts, detailed drawings and elevations, together with preparing furniture, fixtures and equipment specifications, and furniture and material schedules.
Those who know her in the industry believe a great talent is being brought through and have lauded her aptitude and eagerness to learn. Her enthusiasm and her capabilities definitely earn her a place as an Unsung Hero.
Company: Catering Design Group
Address: Cottesbrooke Park, Heartlands Business Park, Daventry, NN11 8YL
Tel: 01327 314860