Do you come from Myrtleford?
I was born in Wangaratta and raised in Myrtleford and went to school here, from kindergarten to form four in high school.
I then did an apprenticeship in cooking, in Bright, and later on I worked for in Melbourne as a trade chef. I started working in taxis after I’d come back to the North East in 1989-90. Why did you return? I came back and worked at Valley Homestead for a while and worked in tobacco, too. I was doing nights at Valley Homestead – mainly school camps but also weddings and corporate functions – and working during the day, for the whole season, on tobacco.
When the tobacco died I had to find another job, and I started driving (taxis) with the Wilsons in Bright.
When the taxi service closed up there I started driving in Myrtleford until it closed (late last year). It was good in a way. I needed a holiday.
There are quite a lot of elderly people that I used to deal with who still ask me when I’m coming back. Well, it’s next week.
I live out of town at Eurobin. We love it – it’s a nice spot.
If you asked me to dinner what would you cook for me?
What do you like? In cooking, a lot of people do things in different ways. The training I had was mostly good. Then I was lumbered with the head chef’s job when I was in Melbourne. It could be difficult. Our vocation is known for being temperamental, you know.
But you weren’t like one of those big-wheel television chefs?
They go to extremes, don’t they? But some of those people are like that. I once worked for someone who only told us once. You had to learn.
What’s the best thing about the resumption of the Alpine taxi service?
I just like the work. I look forward to getting back to it.
THE subject of the Times’ Myrtleford ‘People about town’ interview (August 9) was instrument maker and retired electrical engineer Gordon Smith.
But a sub-editing error meant it was incorrectly headlined ‘Gordon Smith and Lynne Williams’ – as Gordon was pictured with Lynne Williams in the Williams’ Wooragee instrument workshop.