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F WE TAKE from life, we have to
give something back. That’s what I
think chefs are. They’re basically givers,”
says 42 year old Bar tholomew Connors,
who, with his wife, Rebecca, operates
the Sacred Hear t Cathedral’s Café and
Function Centre. “We’ve always worked
together,” Bartholomew explains. “We’re
What do you most love about what you do?
I love the people because they’re always so
happy and they always enjoy the food. I love
looking after the priests who work so hard.
Who has been a significant person in
I’ve had a few. In cooking, I had a
significant figure who was a great chef.
Her name was Anne Taylor. In life, I’d say
my father was a ver y big influence. My wife
thinks I’m very similar to him.
What worries you about our society?
As a chef, I worr y that society is content
with the cruelty of animals stuffed in
cages and pumped with hormones just
for our dining pleasure. I love true free
What gives you hope for our society?
Working with people with faith, who believe
goodness will come. It’s ver y hard to think
that goodness will come when you’ve got
so much tragedy around you. Ever y day,
someone is going off the rails.
My mother is always forgiving, even to the
worst criminal. If we do eventually go up
there and meet the big man on Judgement
Day, we’ll all be forgiven.
What address would you like to try on
Lucca, in Tuscany, Northern Italy.
Pet Sounds by “The Beach Boys”,
because it reflects Brian Wilson’s
The Party starring Peter Sellers
because you can’t take yourself
What new skill would you like to master?
To learn to use a computer.
Has there been a
turning point in your life?
Death is a big turning point. I lost two
brothers and my father. Death just
shows you the human frailty, shows you
that we aren’t really as strong as we
think we are.
How do you think this turning point has
It’s made me more aware of other people,
aware of what other people may be lacking;
their frustrations and their inability to
understand things. It makes me a bit
In grief, no one is really able to comfor t you.
It doesn’t go; doesn’t disappear. It’s always
Give a little
Five minutes with Bartholomew Connors
there with you – every day, every night. It
makes you think of other people and what
they’re going through.
What do you look forward to?
Tranquillity and peace.
A childhood memory that brings a smile?
All our family together, all of them.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a hard worker, a teacher and a giver.
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