“So much of what we do is about helping and supporting what happens on site. We work will all the different teams and departments – while they have their specialities, we look after everyone.”
I run the catering team at Daresbury Laboratory. This means I look after training and recruitment in the kitchen, and ensure the team has the opportunity to develop.
I develop new business by working with our partners across the site to increase sales and create new opportunities. I also play a role in writing the menus.
We work hard to provide an efficient service for the people on site, making sure there is food ready when they need it. We think about what they want, and what they might need for events and meetings, and work hard to deliver it.
The variety – this is a big site so although we have our regular customers, we also see different people every day. Whether there is an event or a meeting, every day is different.
So much of what we do is about helping and supporting what happens on site. We work will all the different teams and departments – while they have their specialities, we look after everyone.
We are service. If people don’t get their lunch it has a knock-on effect on everyone else on site. When visitors come to the campus for a workshop or meeting, we represent the site and the work done here. One of the days we really enjoyed recently was the open day, when we had businesses and schools and families visiting. We got to find out so much about the science and work that is being done.
It’s fantastic – some days are very busy, but it’s brilliant. People around site are really supportive of what we do, and we have a good working relationship with people around site. I have never worked anywhere like it.
I went to college to do catering, and my background is as a chef. Then I retrained as a catering manager, specialising in visitor and contract catering.
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