Joanne describes working at the FCC as “never a dull day,” and has been at the club since 2007. Joanne likes to chat and always remembers an old face, and she sees it as her job to develop a close relationship with the members. If the front office can’t handle your question, Joanne will take over. Joanne also helps run the website and sits on the communications committee.
When she’s not at the FCC, Joanne likes to watch movies and go hiking. Wine and cheese are Joanne’s favourite things, and if eating from the FCC menu, she’ll normally go for a burger or curry.
Carman takes care of all aspects of membership at the FCC. Applications for new membership will pass through her hands, as will any questions about membership or membership suspension.
Carman enjoys baking cakes and will often bring cheese cake and macarons in for her colleagues. Spaghetti is Carman’s favourite item on the FCC menu.
Clement focuses on club events and entertaining members at private functions. If you decide you’d like to host a gathering at the FCC, Clement is your man.
Clement previously worked in hotels and catering, and enjoys the FCC because “every member is a returning guest.” When he’s not at work, Clement likes to play basketball, take pictures, and get out of the city. His favourite food is anything his mum makes, but he also thinks the FCC curries are fantastic.
George is the boss of all food operations at the FCC. He’s been feeding members since 2007 and, as the menu suggests, likes to cook a whole range of cuisines, from Cantonese to Continental. George is often satisfied with a coffee and a croissant.
George will deal with any questions that members have about the food, and behind the scenes he picks the best ingredients and bargains with suppliers.
George is a keen badminton player and likes to watch football on TV.
Anson works in the main dining room and his job is to make the service run smoothly. He worked at the Intercontinental hotel before joining the FCC.
When he’s not dashing about the restaurant he’s either playing computer games or shopping with his wife. Anson’s favourite food in the world is Wagyu beef from Japan, and he will often choose the rack of lamb with mint sauce from the FCC menu.
John has been behind the bar at the FCC for 23 years, first as a bartender and now as the bar manager. John’s also in charge of the FCC wine cellar.
John says the key to keeping the FCC bar running on a busy night is teamwork. He says every night is a busy night. The most popular drinks served at the FCC, according to John, are Gin, whiskey, vodka and wine. John, however, sticks to coke. When he’s eating at the FCC, he’ll pick Indian food. When not, Japanese.
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