Young chef’s ambition brought a better life
WORK ETHIC: Herbie Krombach emigrated from Germany to Australia where he pursued his career as a chef. worker, and by the time he saw and fell in love with Sydney his first child was on the way.
Son Peter was born in 1955 and the family then migrated to Australia.
Bonegilla Migrant Camp near Wodonga became home for a short period, but Mr Krombach had secured a post as head chef at the University of Melbourne’s Ormond College, and the young family moved to Parkville where daughter Monika was born.
Unfortunately his first marriage was not a long-term success, and he divorced and re-married, this time becoming father to two more daughters, Janet and Petra, before his second marriage also ended.
Mr Krombach’s third marriage to Marlise was a success and she brought her three children, Bernie, Beate and Peter, into what became their extended family.
The next big change came about with the decision to leave Melbourne to live in the Victorian high country, and for the next nine years the Krombachs managed the Blue Duck Hotel at Anglers Rest.
It was here that Mr Krom- bach, with the help of family and friends, constructed a series of motel units and a stone barbecue.
About 1984 the family moved to a farm block in the Bundarra valley, where My Krombach showed environmental awareness ahead of his time by installing waterpowered pumps and solar energy panels.
For 14 years he worked week on week off as night-shift chef on Bass Strait oil rigs, coming home to work the farm in his leave weeks.
The next move was to a block on the Omeo Highway, where the Krombachs built a house and established a flourishing vegetable garden, also using solar and water energy sources.
By the late 1990s Mr Krombach was suffering from heart trouble and macular degeneration, which slowed his active lifestyle, and in 2001 the couple moved to Tawonga South, where he turned his cooking skills to baking for the Mt Beauty Men’s Shed.
Mr Krombach is survived by Marlise, his four children, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.