Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Heather McNab

THERE’S noth­ing “whisky” about do­ing a good deed for some­one when they least ex­pect it — just ask MasterChef star and head chef at the Shangri-La Ho­tel, Anna Polyviou.

The pas­try queen, who is gear­ing up for the News Lo­cal Do Some­thing Day on Wed­nes­day, June 15, said it was the “sim­ple things in life” that made peo­ple feel ap­pre­ci­ated, even if they hadn’t asked for it.

“When you are not ex­pect­ing it and some­one does some­thing for peo­ple, it feels re­ally nice – and we should be do­ing some­thing nice not nec­es­sar­ily just on the 15th of June, but ev­ery day,” she said.

“If you see some­one’s me­ter run­ning out and ob­vi­ously they are run­ning to do some­thing, put a cou­ple of dol­lars in there.

“It trav­els — if you do one nice thing for one per­son, they’re go­ing to want to pass it on to some­one else, and so on.”

This is a phi­los­o­phy Ms Polyviou tries to live out at work as well as in the wider world, en­cour­ag­ing her team to take two min­utes out at the start of each day to share some­thing good about them­selves or some tid­bit of news.

“I sur­round my­self with peo­ple that I want to be like, so I want that to con­tinue in the team,” she said.

Pic­ture: Carly Earl

MasterChef­head chef star at and the Shangri- La ho­tel Anna Polyviou.

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