I'm tired...But I'm just not old enough yet to give up on my dreams... - Tailrace Centre

Posted by | May 29, 2018 | Chef's Corner | No Comments

I’m tired…

In fact I’m tired of a lot of things at the moment…

But I’m just not old enough yet to give up on my dreams…

I’m not tired of dreaming, hoping, believing, loving but I am fed up…

I am tired of being dictated to by big companies who control the price of nutrition and health.

Who make it hard for us to follow our dream…just like I imagine it’s hard for mums and dads to follow your dream when you hit the supermarket…

I’m tired of being told the only viable financial option is sugar and carbs…

I’m tired of token efforts made to provide meals at the table that are affordable, healthy and crazy yummy…

I am weary of looking for chefs who want to work with children…

As you know from your own kitchen its easier to get a like from the daddy or the mummy then the budding foodie…

It’s not easy finding chef’s who are willing to enter the whimsical world of childhood…

Who are willing to creatively introduce children to new tastes and experiences…

It’s challenging.. it’s creative…it takes time and thought away from the hustle and bustle of every day kitchens…

But for some reason I cling on to my dreams…

 

Hoping to find the right people who will put aside ego and competition, comparison and discontent to want to create for the child…

 

My heart brims with hope of what a child like family cafe could look like…

Kids running… their cheeky eagerness…racing to see what’s in the front cabinet…

Their eyes as big as saucers, their imaginations in another world…

What is the theme this week?  A visit to Never Never Land?

But whimsy doesn’t stop there…

 

Whimsy love happens as families sit at the table and do life around the table with loved ones.

 

It’s not perfect because family life at the table is never perfect but at the table the most adorable conversations of life and love are held.  Bowls are passed… knives and forks clink against plates, bread is torn, laughter as stories old and new are weaved, the glow of candles, the connection of family hearts.

Minutes with hearts are logged.  Simple nourishing food…

 

But there’s still more… because life and love aren’t perfect and the greatest gift we give is presence and love.

I’m tired of the natural lean within hospitality and want to lean in another direction.  A direction which challenges the status quo:

“We can’t employ people like that, our trade will go down…people expect a standard, a certain type of service…”

 

I long for a family cafe where families love one another…

 

Where the whisper becomes a shout, “You are not alone…we are here…we see you…your life matters…your little’s life matters…They’ve been dealt a blow but together we can give them employment…a chance…some skills”

Where rising strong and living wholehearted matter…

 

There are so many obstacles to the kind of dream I have…

 

But you see I believe in the healing of hospitality…

I’m crazy enough to believe food is medicine to our body and the table medicine to our soul.

I don’t want to give my dreams away…

of living life around the table with whimsy, the gurgle of children and the wonder of simple good food.

So why am I sharing my vent, my dream?

Because I’m looking for a Cafe Chef or a couple of Cafe Chef’s who want to share a dream and a heart.

I have an amazing Head Chef…but he needs a little helping hand…

I have enough hours for a full time Cafe Chef.   I know that there may be some chef’s with heart who don’t want to give all their time to work because they need time with their littles. Life is way too short not to be lived.  So I understand the work may need to be shared.

But I also don’t want a chef who has no ambition or drive and who only wants a job to bring in a pay check. Who has no flexibility to work as a team so all families have time for life and love.

I want a  Cafe Chef who wants to:

…create some magic for kids;

…put some mouthwatering plates of food in front of kids and families;

…create a home for the heart of kids undergoing our Work with No Barriers program;

…inspire, instil beautiful healthy vibrant food for families;

…connect with family around the table;

…be part of this amazing thing called family, life and love, to allow your heart to travel across the planet taking love where it needs to go;

… work in team.

So if your heart beats a little for the same things my heart does…then please give me a buzz, pop in and see me or email me at [email protected]

Because I’m just not old enough yet to give up on my dreams…