Murray Mackenzie

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


Murray Mackenzie is an assistant 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

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 20, 2020
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.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
August 28, 2019
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.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
August 28, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
UNLVino is always a good time and it raises money for the UNLV College of Hospitality. UNLV professor Murray Mackenzie and student Jessica Pease talk about the event.

Articles Featuring Murray Mackenzie

fork and knife tied together with string lay atop a napkin that rests on a wooden plate
Arts and Culture | November 26, 2019
From table manners to table settings, UNLV etiquette expert Murray Mackenzie has the scoop.
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.