Serving people with a smile isn’t always easy. But that’s all part of the job. Just ask these dazzling Adelaide hospitality dames. Chances are you’ve seen them around town. In kitchens, behind bars, welcoming diners, or pouring the good stuff when the pressure is on. Imogen Czulowski (head chef, Africola), Sarah Jayne Feehan (restaurant manager at d’Arenberg Cube), Liinaa Berry (manager and director of wine at the Crafers Hotel), Emma Jade Mccaskill (head chef at The Pot), Greta Wohlstadt (restaurant manager at Bistro Blackwood and Restaurant Orana), and festival season hospitality powerhouse Tess Footner are at the top of their game. “We look after people and make them feel really good,” Sarah Jayne says. “I think that’s the basis of being a hospitality professional. Being a waiter is not about you. It’s about them. Taking somebody out of their life just for a moment or for a few hours and make them feel like the most important person in the world is what gives me joy in my career.” Greta, who grew up on a farm and cut her waitress teeth at Celsius and Penfolds Magill Estate before joining chef Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana crew, loves the challenge of communication and management.
“I’ve learnt how to say yes.” She smiles. “Saying yes even though every part of your body wants to say no.”
To show our appreciation, we took the ladies away from the hospo heat for a moment and swapped their uniforms for couture in an Adelaide Hills fashion shoot with a feminine edge. The ladies took it all in their stride. Sommelier Liinaa is no shrinking violet. “Being a sommelier is a performing thing,” she says. “When you’re at the table you’re able to completely go into your poetry, use your words and get carried away.”
The setting was something special.
The Manor (previously known as Camelot Castle) is a historic house in the Basket Range. It recently underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and re-opens its doors in March as a gobsmacking space for bespoke events, large sit-down wedding receptions, outdoor cocktail parties, and one-off dinner parties.
An onsite cellar door will showcase local drops (served with platters) and townhouse-style accommodation suites are available onsite. As renovations continued around us, we commandeered the magical gardens and turned the spotlight on these fierce creatures. They are the backbone of the hospitality industry and as festival season and Tasting Australia approach, we salute them.
Video: Aaron Nassau
Photos: Jacqui Way
Photo assistants: Sam Roberts and Ellie Baker
Styling: Cristina Tridente & assistant Natahlia Covino
Hair and make-up: Amanda Grace Nash