EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our May Employees of The Month:
Emily M & Charlotte B

GRAND TEAM

PETER APPLEBY
GENERAL MANAGER

Years in Hospitality Industry:
30 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Very fond of a Margaret River Chardonnay or Cabernet

Go-to Grand Meal:
Can’t go passed our pub classic Chicken Parma

Football Team:
Unfortunately at this point in time the Essendon Bombers

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I worked at the Grand as a teenager in the early nineties for 4 years and have been back nearing 10 years now.

GREG BYWATER
ASSISTANT MANAGER

Years in Hospitality Industry:
9 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Stone and wood pacific ale or a cocktail

Go-to Grand Meal:
Beef Burger from the main menu and popcorn chicken from the kiosk

Football Team:
The Mighty North Melbourne Football Club!!

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I have visited over 27 countries and love travelling!

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DANIELLE POWELL
FUNCTIONS & EVENTS MANAGER

Years in Hospitality Industry:
15 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Whiskey

Go-to Grand Meal:
Chicken Parma

Football Team:
Hawthorn

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I desperately want to travel the world but I’m terrified of flying.

NICOLE IRVINE
SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Years in Hospitality Industry:
11 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
I love a good lemon margarita

Go-to Grand Meal:
Chicken Schnitzel with extra gravy

Football Team:
Essendon

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I will always request Rihanna to be played

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BEN VAN TIGGELEN
EXECUTIVE CHEF

Years in Hospitality Industry:
16 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
single malt whiskey

Go-to Grand Meal:
anything from the specials

Football Team:
Collingwood

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I have completed a half ironman & trekked to Everest basecamp

SUNIL KUMAR
SENIOR SOUS CHEF

Years in Hospitality Industry:
15 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Canadian Club

Go-to Grand Meal:
Parma

Football Team:
Hawthorn

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I am from where Mt. Everest is, (Nepal).

ALYSHA FIUMARA
ASSISTANT FUNCTIONS & HOTEL DUTY MANAGER

Years in Hospitality Industry:
7 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Sambuca and Coke

Go-to Grand Meal:
Wagyu Beef Burger

Football Team:
Collingwood

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I love to Travel in any spare time I have!

CAM EVANS
HOTEL SUPERVISOR

Years in Hospitality Industry:
4 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Vodka or Carlton Dry

Go-to Grand Meal:
Beef stir-fry and a bowl of fries with gravy

Football Team:
Bombers …

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I play footy for Heathmont and I love math/ science

STEPH PLANCKE
HOTEL SUPERVISOR

Years in Hospitality Industry:
8 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Espresso Martini or a Margarita

Go-to Grand Meal:
Parma with Chipotle Aioli

Football Team:
Melbourne Demons

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I am also a Professional Dancer and recently lived in Dubai for 3 months where I danced at Motiongate Theme Park.

GEMMA RYAN
TRAINEE FUNCTIONS SUPERVISOR

Years in Hospitality Industry:
4.5 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Gin or whiskey

Go-to Grand Meal:
Chicken Schnitzel or Wagyu Beef Burger

Football Team:
Swannies

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I love country music and love learning line dances

NATASHA BENNETT
TRAINEE FUNCTIONS SUPERVISOR

Years in Hospitality Industry:
9 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
VCR or espresso martini

Go-to Grand Meal:
Wagyu beef burger

Football Team:
collingwooodd

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I love to cook and try all different types of food

DREW MAHER
FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT

Years in Hospitality Industry:
5 years in hospitality (4.5 at grand)

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Brookvale union ginger beer

Go-to Grand Meal:
Can’t go past a parma with some garlic butter

Football Team:
Carlton

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I pour the best beers at the pub

FEATURED GRAND TEAM MEMBERS

Meet Our Team

GRACE MADIGAN
FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT

Years in Hospitality Industry:
5 years

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
White Choc Passionfruit Martini

Go-to Grand Meal:
Wagyu Burger or Popcorn Chicken

Football Team:
Carlton

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
My first beer pouring experience was at the age of 6 at my family’s micro brewery

NELSON BRASH
FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT

Years in Hospitality Industry:
1 year

Favourite Alcoholic Beverage:
Somersby pear cider

Go-to Grand Meal:
The red lentil Dahl is a gift from the gods

Football Team:
Geelong Cats

Tell us something we don’t know about you:
Biggest horror film fan- hanging out for “The Black Phone” (2022) & Jordan Peele’s “Nope” (2022). There are few thrills in life akin to a good scare on the big screen.

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