From shy teenager to kitchen star, Abbey’s story of career growth serves as an example of why it is so important to allow people the opportunity to shine.
In early 2023 Infinite Care acquired three aged care facilities in NSW. National Hotel Services Manager, Michael Smith, faced the huge task of recruiting a whole host of kitchen positions. Among them was the role of Apprentice Chef at Chamberlain Gardens in Wyoming on the Central Coast of NSW.
Mick recounts, “I had the pleasure of interviewing Abbey Gallagher when we first set up the homes in NSW. The interview was quite good, Abbey was enthusiastic at the time around the prospect of being a first-year apprentice chef with Infinite Care. She had done some front of house training with McDonalds, but that was about it as far as experience went. Being that Abbey was only 18 I was hesitant to give her a chance as the kitchen had three much older chefs, which may have made it hard for her to adjust.”
“Since the day Abbey started with us, she has gone from strength to strength. She swiftly acclimatized to the demanding kitchen environment and exhibited considerable growth. Chef Manager Jason consistently challenged her, pushing her beyond her comfort zone, and Abbey responded well. He recently had Abbey run two days of kitchen activity while he was away, which Abbey smashed out when given the challenge!“
“This really sums up the traction and outcomes we receive as a business when a Manager puts in the time to train their team and support them to grow.”
“It is so important to recognise our staff, particularly the young ones to give them encouragement on their personal journey with Infinite Care.”