Tim Alexander puts food in the bellies of about 50,000 athletes, school students and other domestic and international travellers that stay at the Sports Super Centre each year. It’s testament to the quality of the food the kitchen serves up that many groups book again, and when they do, they’ll always head up to the kitchen to have a yarn with their old mate Tim.
Originally from Melbourne, Tim is the quintessential Aussie bloke. He’s always up for a chat and a laugh, preferably over a beer or three; plays a bit of sport – formerly AFL for Oakleigh in the VFA and locally for the Broadbeach Cats where he now coaches, as well as the odd hit of cricket, tennis and golf; watches sport religiously and loves a punt on the nags.
Before joining the Sports Super Centre in 2005, Tim worked for a major events company, based at the MCG and also travelling the country catering for our biggest sports events. We’re talking Formula 1 Grand Prix, Australian Open Tennis and plenty of AFL grand finals. He’s witnessed more of Australia’s great modern day sporting moments than almost anyone, and counts among the highlights seeing Makybe Diva win her third Melbourne Cup and the Sydney Swans (formerly Tim’s home team South Melbourne) win two grand finals.
Tim’s passion for cooking was inherited from his mother who was also a chef. He admits he doesn’t like sitting still for too long and enjoys the high pressure intensity of working in kitchens, as well as the characters and camaraderie that go along with it. He treats all his staff like family, which breeds a relaxed but hard working team that never fails to bring together three meals a day for hundreds of Sports Super Centre guests year round.
They say a way to a man’s heart is through his mouth, but it seems Tim has won the hearts of many a man, woman and child from around the world with his work. Whether it’s the returning bus drivers who make a beeline for the kitchen as soon as they’re turned off their engines, Pacific Island rugby teams who like to put the kitchen to the ultimate test, or mothers who are overjoyed with the way Tim has looked after their child – see the card pictured from a mother who couldn’t believe Tim got her son to eat vegetables! Like many staff here, it’s obvious Tim loves his work and helps make the Sports Super Centre the wonderful facility it is.