Place of employment
Global Hospitality Group
My career started as Apprentice Chef in 1980. I fine-tuned my craft in the 1980’s in some of Melbourne’s finest hotels such as Melbourne Hilton on the Park and the then Menzies at Rialto before moving into the catering arena. I then worked for Spotless Services Australia Limited for over 15 years, and management of the food program for Australia’s Largest catering company has included many highlights, the greatest being the food program project manager for the Sydney Olympics Athletes and Media Village project culminating in the serving of over 1.5 million meals over a 90 day period. This led me to the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 to manage the food contract at the Athletes and Technical Officials Villages.
In addition I have been involved in most out door sporting events throughout Australia including the Grand Prix, Indy Car Gold Coast & Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. Other great experiences have including design roles in the building of the Southern Stand at the MCG in 1992, 2 years in Hong Kong developing a cook chill centre, the building of Telstra Dome, the Athletes Village for Sydney Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth games, dining facilities for Davis Station in Antarctica and the new development for the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After leaving Spotless I joined xtreme consulting and associates www.xtremechef.com.au.
I have also become the National President of the Australian Culinary Federation. My ambition is to support the federation to increase our profile and membership throughout Australia. Influencing our government to make the right decision for educating the next generation of chefs and to invigorate the culinary arena in Australia offering chefs the opportunity for development of their craft.