June 03, 2019

Meet the Team

Chad

Chad Woolford
Executive Chef

The treasures of the ocean have inspired Chad Woolford and his team of 10 chefs to create a world away from the everyday at Port Douglas. He has made it his mission to incorporate the freshest seafood with modern twists, different cuisines and other farm forms to tempt all tastebuds. Chad began his fine dining journey 23 years ago as a young apprentice with Accor, moving to Europe where he owned and operated restaurants and bars before returning to Australia. Awarded two Chef Hats over five years, he moved from Tasmania to the Hunter Valley before heading north to Port Douglas with his young family to make his mark on the contemporary coastal cuisine at ALUCO Restaurant & Bar. 

What meal I would order if I dined here: 
Market fish.

My signature dish:
Lamb with beetroot and balsamic puree, baby veg.

What I always have in the fridge:
Stock.

My guilty pleasure:
Sorbet.

Rylie

Rylie Jabornik
Conference and Events Executive

What is your role at Pullman Port Douglas? 
My role is to be there every step of the way throughout the event planning process, from the moment of enquiry through to queuing the music as our bride’s walk down the aisle. I’m very passionate about events and love being able to assist our clients bring their dream wedding, special occasion or conference to life. Our event spaces have endless potential and it’s fantastic being able to create bespoke concepts for our clients and guests.

Highlight in your career? 
I have a collection of highlights, the truly special events are the ones where you see multiple generations of family members come together to celebrate love, life or milestone’s. The speeches are heartfelt and you are a part of bringing everyone important in their life together for that precious moment, memories are created that last a lifetime and it’s the personal and special touches that make a difference.

If I had 5/30/60 minutes: 
If I had 5 minutes I would be making a coffee, I can’t live without it. 30 minutes I would be calling a friend or family member and catching up on life back home in Melbourne. If I had 60 minutes I would be in the kitchen cooking, whipping up a new creation. 

Weekend adventure?
There are some amazing waterfalls in the area, excellent hiking tracks and water holes that are easily accessible. I am always discovering new places to explore here in Port Douglas.

Favourite restaurant?
A fantastic little Vietnamese restaurant on Grant street that does a beautiful pho, I pop down there once a week to have a night off cooking and it reminds me of being back in Hoi An.

Local’s secret?
Cocktails anywhere down on the water watching the boats come back in with the sunset is a beautiful way to end any day.

If you could be a superhero or have a super talent what would it be?
I would be able to speak every language in the world. 

Allan

Allan Horne
Business Development Manager

What is your role at Pullman Port Douglas? 
Bringing in the business! Securing Conference and Events revenue and working with clients to create memorable conference experiences.

Highlight in your career? 
I have two. Securing a $500,000 accommodation block that I had worked for months on, and also meeting fellow Scotsman Andy Murray when he was staying in our hotel.

If I had 5/30/60 minutes: 
5 mins - tune out with a random game on my phone. 30 minutes - catch up on the days news and see whats happening back over in Scotland. 60 minutes - with two young kids I never have 60 minutes to myself, and now that Game of Thrones is finished I need a new show to get stuck into.

Weekend adventure?
I'm still to discover all that Tropical North Queensland has to offer, but I'd be outback somewhere camping with the family.

Favourite restaurant?
Salsa Bar & Grill, it combines my two favourite things, beer and meat!

Local’s secret?
I still feel too new to the region to have a local's secret - I'm still discovering them.

If you could be a superhero or have a super talent what would it be?
I'd want to fly! Being able to soar over the Great Barrier Reef would be simply stunning, and think of the money you'd save on airfares!

Tania

Tania Baker
Vie Spa Manager

What is your role at Pullman Port Douglas? 
Ensure our guests feel harmonious and rejuvenated in a peaceful environment.

Highlight in your career? 
Lucky to have worked in some of Australia’s most beautiful day spas. From the snow, to the Whitsunday Islands and now here in the wonderful tropics.

If I had 5/30/60 minutes:
5 mins - check my phone, 30 mins - catch up with a phone call to family & friends, 60 mins - get a massage or pedicure.

Weekend adventure?
Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge & Cape Tribulation as they're just a stone's throw away from Port Douglas.

Favourite restaurant?
Sassi’s Restaurant & Bar. They have delicious pizza & outstanding service!

Local’s secret?
Flagstaff Hill Lookout - an accessible walking track that can start from Rex Smeal Park and has sweeping views of Four Mile Beach. 

If you could be a superhero or have a super talent what would it be?
I would be Wonder Woman!

Harry

Harry Ha
Front Office Manager

What is your role at Pullman Port Douglas? 
Guest satisfaction enthusiast, tour extraordinaire and food recommender! 

Highlight in your career? 
Being awarded second in place for Employee of the Year before Accor acquired Mirvac Hotels.

If I had 60 minutes:
Pop into Vie Spa for a Hot Stone Healing treatment to get the blood flowing and release tension in the back and shoulders!

Weekend adventure?
Quicksilver pontoon cruise out to Agincourt reef. The perfect spot to snorkel, dive or just relax and take in the exotic marine life.

Favourite restaurant?
Hemingways Brewery for the best burgers in town!

Local’s secret?
A picnic lunch on Four MIle Beach.

If you could be a superhero or have a super talent what would it be?
I am already a Super Dad!