Murray Mackenzie

Associate Professor in Residence, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
Expertise: Operational Management, Event Management, Wine Education, Etiquette


Murray Mackenzie is an associate professor in residence at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. His teaching and research areas include food and beverage operational management, corporate social responsibility, marketing, wine education, and etiquette.

Prior to joining UNLV, Mackenzie was a head banqueting, executive sous, and executive head chef whose 20 years of industry experience took him across various continents. He has worked alongside well-known chefs at major restaurants and hotel companies in Australia, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. Mackenzie's expertise also enabled him to teach at prominent institutes and universities in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and now the United States. 

Mackenzie joined UNLV's faculty in 2019.


  • Ph.D., Hospitality Management, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • M.Ed., University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

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Murray Mackenzie In The News

Food & Beverage Magazine
The organization has been participating in Fancy Food Show NY for two decades. Again, it took its place in this year’s Fancy Food Show NY again. However, this time, there was a major event in the pavilion: The Launch of the Turkish Tastes Reference Book.
Las Vegas Review Journal
On Feb. 12, Forbes Travel Guide announced that two Las Vegas hotels — the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore — had been upgraded from a four-star rating to five stars.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
August 28th is National Red Wine Day! Bianca Holman visits UNLV’s Dr. Murray Mackenzie to learn all the ins and outs of the drink.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
It’s the perfect drink to sip on while enjoying a steak dinner or a delicious chocolate tart. We’re talking red wine! Aug. 28 is National Red Wine Day, and we’re celebrating in style.

Articles Featuring Murray Mackenzie

Clouds hang over the Las Vegas Strip
Campus News | November 19, 2020

Reasons for hope aren't just confined to UNLV's academic halls. Here are just a few places where 2020 inspired staff and students to find new paths forward.

wine bottles lined up in a row
Arts and Culture | November 5, 2019

Lamb and turkey and brisket, oh my! UNLV wine expert Murray Mackenzie dishes on the best beverage blends for meat, vegetarian, dessert, and cheese offerings.