MAROOCHYDORE meat legend John O'Driscoll has celebrated a major career highlight, marking 35 years of slicing and dicing in the meat department at Coles.
Mr O'Driscoll, who was awarded the meat manager of the year title in 2001, said he loved the job when he first started out and would race the other butchers as the fastest to de-bone or fillet meats.
"I was a gun," he said. "But my days of speedy boning are out. We used to break down all the meat but now it comes in all prepared for us."
Originally from London, the skilled butcher said he'd settled on a career with Coles because it was the best fit for him and his family at the time.
"One year turned into two, two years turned into three, and three years turned into 35 - I can't quite believe how quickly the time has gone," he said.
The O'Driscoll family has all worked with the supermarket giant at some stage, with his wife Jane on the checkouts at the same store, and his two daughters earning their pocket money at the registers during their school years.
So does the family talk shop at home?
"No, work is work and home is home," Mr O'Driscoll said.
The meat manager has worked at supermarkets in Nambour and Mooloolaba, and can now be found at the Coles Sunshine Coast Plaza store.
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