Emma Han­d­ley

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

I am the chef/owner of Tem­plar Lodge, a restau­rant in Ta­wonga. We have only just had our open­ing week­end. It is a con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian restau­rant/wine bar and at the mo­ment we are open Thurs­day to Sun­day from 4pm, but once the weather im­proves we will open up the ve­ran­dah and do some Sat­ur­day and Sun­day lunches.

I am in­volved in all as­pects of hos­pi­tal­ity – it’s some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about.

Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted to do?

Yes. I was born in Mel­bourne and I’ve been in the hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vice since I was 14. I started as a kitchen hand in a Mex­i­can restau­rant in Lower Plenty and then did my ap­pren­tice­ship. I have also worked over­seas, spend­ing a year cook­ing in Ja­pan. I have trained with some very pro­fes­sional chefs and I love all styles of cui­sine.

I’m very fond of hand-rolled pasta but I like to play around with Ja­pa­nese and other styles.

I like to try dif­fer­ent things and find out what my cus­tomers like. I try to of­fer dif­fer­ent dishes to the cus­tomers and let them try things they have never tasted be­fore.

When I was at Falls Creek peo­ple had enough con­fi­dence in me to give my dishes a go even if they didn’t know what they were.

How do you come to be in the Kiewa Val­ley?

I came to work at Mt Hotham as a chef be­cause I wanted to work in the ski fields.

I met my hus­band there when he was work­ing on the ski pa­trol and that’s when I moved to Bright, in 1996, and worked at Villa Gusto. We moved here five years ago be­cause Bright got too busy for us. I have been work­ing at Huski/As­tra at Falls Creek as ex­ec­u­tive chef.

Then I de­cided it was time to be my own boss in­stead of hav­ing other bosses telling me what to do and hav­ing a go at do­ing it my way. My hus­band’s fam­ily is from the Kiewa Val­ley and they are very ex­cited to have us here and open­ing a new busi­ness.

What do you love about the job?

I just love cook­ing. I love the re­search that goes into it. I own heaps of cook­ery books and that’s about all I read.

I even en­joy the prepa­ra­tion. I’m very keen on us­ing home-grown fruit and veg­eta­bles; we grow a lot of it our­selves.

What do you do in your spare time?

We have three kids but that is eas­ier now as they are grow­ing up and both my hus­band and I do shift work.

I like camp­ing and hik­ing - long walks like climb­ing Mt Bo­gong. I also love ski­ing but I haven’t skied for a while be­cause I have a dodgy knee.

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