Staff member of the month Sam Schumer
Tell us a little about your role at Nerang RSL?
I am the club’s apprentice chef! This basically means my job is to learn how to cook everything – from starters, mains right through to desserts!
Have you always wanted to be a chef?
Yes! I’ve always had a passion for cooking. As a kid my mum was never much of a cook and while she did provide my brother and I with some very funny stories, neither of us looked forward to dinner time. We both took it upon ourselves to learn a little about cooking and it wasn’t long before we’d taken over cooking right for the family. I’ve always had the desire to learn new things and travel and so I figured the best way to satisfy both was to get a job that could take me around the world while giving me a nonstop amount of things to learn.
What is your favourite cuisine to cook?
Despite not having much experience or training in it, I actually really enjoy cooking and preparing Japanese cuisine! From sashimi to sushi, I find their love and respect for the food is like no other.
What do you like most about your job?
During my apprenticeship I’ve worked in a handful of kitchens, learning off a handful of both sous and head chefs and no one compares to Jason and the club’s sous chefs. The wealth of knowledge they have and passion for cooking is incredible and I’m so excited to be learning from the best!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my free time I’m either sleeping, reading or trying to get better at all aspects of life in the kitchen!
What is something on your bucket list that you’d like to achieve in your lifetime?
I have always wanted to travel the world and experience life in other cultures while learning to cook their food and live like them. Being a chef and with the expert guidance of Jason and the team here I believe I’ll have the knowledge and confidence to do just that after I finish my apprenticeship.