Justine Arnold joined the catering team at Gold Coast Private in 2017, following in the footsteps of her mother – who was a chef at the hospital’s previous incarnation, Allamanda, for 30 years.
Justine is responsible for some of the hospital’s most interesting catering gigs, including the maternity unit’s high teas, Acai bowl presentations and functions.
What do you love about your job and why?
I find it difficult to sit still all day, and with my job I get to visit all of the wards and keep things busy. Every day is different and that’s what I love most.
Why did you decide to work at GCPH?
Working in a hospital is something I had never done before – my background was actually gardening. I worked at Masters for six and a half years, and when it was time to leave this job kind of fell into my lap.
My mum was a chef at Allamanda for 30 years – I’m very lucky they took me on.
Tell us something about you that your colleagues don’t know?
They know everything – I don’t keep anything inside. I’m an open book; it is what it is.
What do you do in your spare time?
I gamble on horses and like to go paddle-boarding. I love my Jack Russell cross called Fonzie, as well as my husband who I have been married to for 28 years.
What do you want to achieve this year?
My husband and I have never had a mid-year holiday before because of his job, and this year we are actually going to head over to Bali. I can’t wait!
What would you be doing if you weren’t working at GCPH?
I would be gardening and growing my own veggies, riding my pushbike, and spending as much time in the great outdoors as possible. I learnt to be a horticulturist from my old job and would like to explore that further in my spare time.
What do you like to bring to the team?
Laughter – they can usually hear me coming from a mile away with my laugh.
Why do you think Gold Coast Private is a good place to work?
I love the team environment; there are such great people to work with at Gold Coast Private.