RIGHT: June Bunt wants to help lift standards of quality and service in the hospitality industry in Bundaberg and surrounding areas. Photo: DARRYN SMITH foo1901b
RIGHT: June Bunt wants to help lift standards of quality and service in the hospitality industry in Bundaberg and surrounding areas. Photo: DARRYN SMITH foo1901b

Food critic on crusade

JUNE Bunt has launched a one-woman crusade to improve the standards of presentation and service in hotels, restaurants and sports clubs across the district.

She said she had long been uncomfortable with some of the skills displayed by staff in local eateries.

“I was just in a coffee shop this morning and the waitress slid a plate of food on the table in front of a customer and walked away without saying a word,” she told the NewsMail yesterday.

The author of four cookbooks and with a fifth in the planning stages, Mrs Bunt plans to arrive unannounced at eateries and watch how they carry out their service and presentation.

Then she will go away and record her impressions.

“I will go in, sit down and have a cup of coffee, and watch how they present the food on the plates and the waiters’ manners and how they interact with customers,” she said.

“I am trying to encourage the restaurants and hotels to upgrade the skills of their staff.

“Bundaberg is lacking a lot in this area.”

In September two engraved trophies, paid for by Mrs Bunt, will be presented to the winners.

“This is something that has never been done in Bundaberg before,” she said.

“I’ve talked to the managers of some places around town, and some have already started to improve the skills of their staff.”

Mrs Bunt describes herself as a self-taught cook.

“I lived in the coalfields for 30 years, and that’s where I got all my cooking skills,” she said.

She now tutors students in cooking at high schools across the district.

And her kitchen wall is a showcase of certificates and awards she has won in cooking competitions.

Mrs Bunt also acts as a judge in cooking competitions, and said she did a lot of promotions for the food industry.



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