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Emma McCaskill to leave Sparkke at the Whitmore

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Adelaide chef Emma McCaskill will leave Sparkke at the Whitmore at the end of this month, taking a consultative role with the pub and continuing on with coronavirus-response project Chefs on Wheels.

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Just over a year since joining the Sparkke at the Whitmore team, chef Emma McCaskill will leave the venue at the end of this month but will continue working with the pub in a consultative role.

“I hold Sparkke at the Whitmore close to my heart, and I’ve been offered many great opportunities here,” Emma says.

“My family and I are personally invested in the pub, and I look forward to supporting it as it goes from strength to strength, both in my new role as consultant, and as a diner with a brew.”

For Emma, it was difficult to find work-life balance in the head chef role of such a prominent venue.

“I realised I needed more flexibility and more work-life balance,” she says.

“Running a 636-capacity venue is very time consuming and challenging as a single mum with two kids.”

Emma is set to work alongside former Botanic Gardens Restaurant chef Paul Baker on continuing the coronavirus response project Chefs on Wheels, founded by Paul, his wife Annabelle Baker, and Jimmy Day.

The concept sees some of Adelaide’s most well-known chefs, like Paul, Emma, Comida’s Brad Sappenberghs, Soi38’s Terry Intarakhamhaeng, prepare have-at-home meals for delivery.

““I am so excited to be working with Paul,” Emma says.

“He’s a good friend and he’s a really good and decent human being. I have cooked with him before for almost one year before I started at Sparkke and I enjoyed every day of it.

“I’m so looking forward to working with him again and growing Chefs on Wheels with him.  It’s going to be a very new and interesting journey.”

“I’m really excited to be in the kitchen with Emma again,” Paul Baker says. 

“She’s an incredibly talented chef and a dear friend, I know she has some brilliant food, creative ideas and products she wants to share.”

Sparkke co-founder Rose Kentish says she is proud of Emma’s “accomplishments and contribution” at Sparkke at the Whitmore over the last 14 months.

“Emma’s work here with us has been inspiring and exciting, and very well received by our community,” she says.

“She’s worked extremely hard to build a strong kitchen team that will continue to deliver the fare experience…

“Congratulations are due to Emma and her team on this new development milestone – diners should look forward to seeing new faces at the pass from the team who have been there all along.”

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