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Wayne Pollard

Chef, Deception Bay

Wayne finds the most rewarding job of his career.

Wayne Pollard may have only been cooking at Palm Lake Care Deception Bay for a few months now, but residents will already tell you that they can taste his almost three decades of experience – and abundance of passion – in every single bite.

You would probably guess that cooking in the kitchens of Canberra’s Parliament House would differ to Brisbane’s best seafood restaurant. Or, that serving 7000 Department of Defence personnel would be a little different to plating up daily dishes at Palm Lake Care. But Wayne will be the first to tell you that, no matter where you cook, the basic ingredients are always the same.

“I always make the best food I possibly can, and would never serve anything I wouldn’t eat myself,” says Wayne. “That’s my approach to cooking, no matter who I’m cooking for.”

And Wayne has certainly cooked for his fair share of notable figures over his 27 years in the industry. From movie star martial artist Jackie Chan to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as a line-up of Australian political royalty (think Paul Keating, Bob Hawke and John Howard, to name a few), his cooking career is star-studded, to say the least. But, as Wayne will admit to you, his most rewarding meals have been served up in aged care communities.

“I’ve been cooking in aged care for nearly 10 years now,” says Wayne. “I take extra measures where necessary to make sure everyone’s meal is as enjoyable as possible.”

These extra measures include, for example, achieving a Certificate III in nursing, to better understand how food can help or hinder certain conditions. Wayne also understands that, for residents in Palm Lake Care’s aged caring communities, mealtime provides valuable daily social connections as well as vital nourishment.

“It’s very different to working in, say, a bustling restaurant in Brisbane,” says Wayne. “But I get out of bed excited to go to work at Palm Lake Care every single day, and it’s because of the smiles I get whenever someone finishes their meal.”

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