Alan Muller

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

Where’s home?

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.


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