A Day in the Life of our St David's Hospice Care chef

10th September 2022

By Paul Evans

Our hospice chef, Paul Evans

Our hospice chef, Paul Evans

Where do you work and how long have you worked with St David’s Hospice Care?

I work as a chef in the Blackett Avenue kitchen and help with the daily running of the cafe. I have been with SDHC for just over a year having joined in August 2021.

What does your job entail?

Menu planning for the week ahead, buying all the fresh produce and ingredients, preparing and cooking a three-course meal for approximately 10-15 Day Hospice patients each day.

Buying and overseeing the daily running of the In-Patient Hospice café. Preparing buffets for special events such as the St David’s AGM and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Did you know: Each of our day hospice patients receives a three-course meal free of charge when they come to visit us at our day hospice at Blackett Ave.

What’s a typical day for you?

I arrive at work at 7.30am to start preparing the food. Day hospice patients are provided with breakfast on arrival which can range from a fruit platter and homemade toasted current loaf to pastries and cereals. 

Lunch preparation then begins with the starter served at around 12.30, followed by the main course at 12.50 and dessert at 1.15pm. Then it’s time to clean everything up!


What three words best describe St David’s Hospice Care?

Approachable, Caring, Compassionate

What has been a memorable highlight or memory for you over the year working at St David’s Hospice Care?

I’ve enjoyed meeting different people, staff and patients. Being my own boss in terms of being able to plan menus and buying quality fresh ingredients.  

The feedback I have received on my food from the patients has been really positive and I like to hear what’s been enjoyed so I can prepare it again.

What do you do outside work?

I enjoy gardening but with a new grandson (10 months old) and another grandchild on the way (due November), three daughters and a son, most of my spare time is taken up with family get togethers and barbecues. 

I spent 26 years working in the armed forces (Royal Navy), I have found the perfect job at St David’s Hospice Care.