Sathish Kumar, Head Chef
Sathish with cooking legend, Maggie Beer
At SwanCare, we pride ourselves on the outstanding care and environment we provide to our residents. The wellbeing of residents is the responsibility of all our people, and it’s one that our hospitality team focuses on in every meal they create. Meet our Head Chef Sathish Kumar, who along with his team, works to bring our residents the highest quality food and best dining experience every day.
After working in the UK for a number of years as a head chef in a production kitchen, Sathish relocated to Australia and came to join the team in 2015, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Being responsible for delivering residents the highest quality meals across four care facilities means there is one thing Sathish can guarantee each day when he comes to work - being busy!
“My work is definitely busy! Right now, we have a new kitchen being built so I’m getting to spend time being involved in that which is really exciting. Obviously, I’m also busy working with the other chefs to coordinate what they’re doing for the day, what’s being plated up and the quality of the food.”
Having the freedom to work on things beyond the usual day-to-day work is what Sathish loves most. Being able to experiment with food and discover new ways to exceed the expectations and needs of residents is his main focus.
“My goal is to always give residents as much flavour as possible. I never want to give them a similar product every day. It’s my passion to provide them with different experiences.”
Leading a team of seven chefs, as well as kitchen hands who are committed and hardworking makes Sathish’s job as Head Chef that little bit easier.
“My team is really, really good. They work well as a team and they’re happy to be here. They all have a great attitude to work and understand the importance of what we’re doing to the lives of our residents.”
Beyond his immediate team, Sathish enjoys SwanCare’s open-door policy, which allows for close working relationships with managers, and which he believes is part of the secret to SwanCare’s success.
“The managers here are very dedicated. They always have time to listen to your thoughts and what you have to say. I think that’s part of the reason why SwanCare has been serving residents for more than 50 years - having the best people working in, and leading, the organisation.”
We strive to continually develop skills and grow knowledge among the SwanCare team. As part of this focus, Sathish recently travelled to the Barossa in South Australia to take part in the 'Creating An Appetite For Life' education program run by renowned cook, author and restaurateur Maggie Beer. As part of the Maggie Beer Foundation, the program’s vision is to ensure that all residents in aged care are provided with fresh food and flavour - a vision that perfectly aligns with Sathish’s passion in the work he does.
Recognition is an important part of the culture at SwanCare, not only through the Feathers Rewards Program, but through the daily interactions the team has with one another and the residents. For Sathish, it’s that recognition and community spirit that sets SwanCare apart from any other workplace.
“I definitely feel recognised for my hard work. Everyone is really valued here and that’s why people are committed to their work and to SwanCare. I know they’re the best aged care employer in Australia. They not only provide the best care for their residents, but also for their employees.”