David Jacques joined Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst 26 years ago as a part-time Kitchen Assistant, working his way up to be a much-praised Chef. He is one of five team members nominated for a national award this year because of their dedication to our residents.
Name: David Jacques
Job title and brief description of role: Chef.
David’s priority is to make sure up to 40 residents have well-balanced, home-cooked and delicious meals. In addition, he runs a monthly cookery club for residents, which gives participants happy, albeit sometimes messy, hands-on fun. When the Woodpeckers kitchen was closed for six weeks for the home’s refurbishment, David ran the whole catering operation without interruption from a mobile kitchen. Taking it all in his stride, he even made tea and cakes for 25 local parishioners as the kitchen at the local village church was shut for restoration at the same time.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Monkey from Monkey Magic. He was a karate-expert Buddhist monk.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Beach holiday without any sightseeing. You can see it all while landing and taking off!
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: I won’t walk under a ladder.
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Prof Brian Cox as the universe fascinates me.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: Apart from myself, the courage of the unsung heroes of this country.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: Audi A3 S line.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: Litter droppers.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: Freshly baked bread.
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Check my hair, to make sure it’s still there!
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Being dragged around Saturday afternoon jumble sales.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: Game of Thrones on Sky.
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: All the positive feedback from residents and staff.
Q: And what is the worst?
A: Early starts.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: An endless supply of chocolate.
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: Dancing – I have two left feet.
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Being nominated for the National Care Awards.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Has to be lasagne.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: I’d love to be a Coastguard helicopter pilot.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: Concorde, so I can get to Las Vegas in half the time.