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Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

Where are you from?

I grew up in the area and went to school at St Mary’s and Mar­ian Col­lege in Myrtle­ford.

I’ve worked around the re­gion, cook­ing at the Happy Val­ley Ho­tel, the Alpine Ho­tel and now at the Bright Brew­ery, where I’m com­plet­ing my chef ap­pren­tice­ship.

Why do you like be­ing a chef?

I love cre­at­ing new dishes and ex­per­i­ment­ing with new in­gre­di­ents and styles of cook­ing. I fo­cus on try­ing to bring lo­cal and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents into my dishes.

When I was younger I was al­ways the one at home in the kitchen, help­ing cook at fam­ily func­tions.

I started my first job as a dish­washer at the Ovens Pub and worked my way up to kitchen­hand. That was my first taste of a pro­fes­sional kitchen and I loved the fast paced en­vi­ron­ment mixed with the cre­ativ­ity of work­ing with food.

What do you think makes a good chef?

A good chef needs to have a pas­sion for food, and that cre­ative spark. The work can be­come mun­dane if you’re not given the room to ex­per­i­ment and try new things.

What do you think of Bright?

Bright is an amaz­ing place for both lo­cals and tourists. It has some great lo­cal pro­duce and amaz­ing out­door spots. The mar­kets pro­vide a great con­nec­tion be­tween lo­cal pro­duc­ers and the com­mu­nity here, which is close-knit and full of groups fo­cus­ing on sports and the out­doors.

Is there any­thing you would change in town?

Pos­si­bly hav­ing more mu­sicbased events. I played mu­sic early in high school, gui­tar and key­board and then moved onto more of the record­ing and pro­duc­ing side. I even stud­ied au­dio engi­neer­ing in Mel­bourne for a year.

We have so many great out­door lo­ca­tions and such a fo­cus on tourism, how­ever smaller towns gen­er­ally don’t get too much ex­po­sure to the live mu­sic scene.

What do you do out­side of work?

I play ten­nis at the Bright Ten­nis club, snow­board through win­ter, train at Bright Boot­camp, as well as run­ning and trail hik­ing in the hills here.

I played ten­nis for the Myrtle­ford Lawn Club in my early teens, but have only re­cently picked the rac­quet back up again.

I be­gan snow­board­ing with the school ski team and have been rid­ing at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek ev­ery sea­son since.

Where do you see your­self in the fu­ture?

I’m hop­ing to fur­ther my study, gain more knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence so I can add to my cook­ing.

Ap­pren­tic­ing at the Bright Brew­ery un­der head chef Doug Badrock has re­ally opened up many op­por­tu­ni­ties, and set a great work/life bal­ance.

Bright is an amaz­ing place to live and work and I’m plan­ning on stick­ing around the area.

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