Abrahams - Dietitian - Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Natalie Abrahams

Cape Town, WC, South Africa


I am a qualified and registered dietician with 15 years experience in the catering industry. Time management and computer literacy is but some of my skills' set. I have excellent negotiation and staff management skills. I have an odd sense of humour and I am approachable.




I have 15 years catering management and dietetics skills.

Work History

Facilities manager, Doordrift Lodge Retirement Facility, Plumstead

Olympic Caterers

From June 2014

Position Permanent
➢ Management of all catering, laundry and housekeeping staff
➢ Putting policies and procedures in place for the better management and overall running of the facility
➢ Compilation of stock sheet - analysis at end of each month of financial aspects of the facility
➢ Motivation for the senior manager to make all casual staff permanent employees, so that they earn the minimum basic salary as stipulated by law
➢ Working out a duty roster for the staff within the regulated hours stipulated by law
➢ Daily running of the catering operation which includes calculation and compilation of special diets, and implementing measures that are cost-effective as well as nutritionally beneficial to the residents

Regional Healthcare and HSE Co-ordinator

Compass Group SA

August 2011 - January 2013

Regional Healthcare Manager (Western Cape)

Compass Group (SA) Pty Ltd

August 2011 - January 2013

and HSE Co-ordinator (Western and Eastern Cape)
Position Permanent
Reason for leaving Retrenched
Contact Person Chris Roberts
➢ Responsible for retaining hospital contracts in the Western Cape
➢ Financial management of the contracts
➢ Analysis of budgets and financial projections for each month
➢ Interpretation of audit results and compliance
➢ Dietary analysis and compilation of special diets
➢ Accident and incident reporting, corrective and preventative actions to be implemented
➢ Keeping abreast with the OSH Act
➢ Health campaigning presentations to all personnel
➢ Root cause analysis
➢ Assistance to management to comply by all SHE requirements
➢ Compilation of toolbox talks for weekly management and team discussions
➢ Training and compilation of training materials
➢ HR issues - recruitment, selection, interviewing and appointment of staff, disciplinary hearings
➢ Financial performance of contracts
➢ Recruitment of personnel
➢ Applications for certificates of Food Premises Acceptability nationally
➢ Daily audits of units to assess hygiene standards and operational standards
➢ Attendance of quarterly national meetings and providing feedback of performance

Relief Dietician


June 2011 - July 2011

Position permanent
Reason for leaving Better job prospects
➢ Menu compilation and analysis
➢ Doing presentations to health care personnel

Contact Person

Pollsmoor Prison

December 2005 - July 2010

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: resigned due to lack of upward mobility in organisation
Contact Person(s): Serf De Kock

As can be imagined, working at Pollsmoor Prison proved to be a very challenging experience, which on occasion even put my physical safety at risk. Enduring this environment for 5 years taught me a great deal, and speaks of my strength of character and never-say-die attitude. However, the time came, when the pressure of working in this environment took its toll, and I decided to explore other opportunities.

• Mass industrial catering to 7 500 inmates
• To train catering staff from the therapeutic kitchens on the contract, ensuring skills are transferred to the operation and that standards are maintained
• To ensure that training and development is maintained throughout the company in order to maximize productivity
• To provide a consultative and counseling service to nursing sisters, project officers and inmates at the three on-site hospitals
• Consult and design new therapeutic diets with all key role players
• Empowerment of women working at the vegetable processing plant through needs analysis, counseling and assistance
• On-site health campaigning to inmates and personnel
• Recruitment, screening, interviewing and appointment of staff
• Identification and demonstration of an understanding of training gaps and training needs analysis
• Implementation and training of HACCP standards
• Identification of possible unforeseen circumstances and plan alternative action in advance
• Creation of communication and support strategies within groups
• Checking quality of hygiene standards on site
• Checking of food quality according to company standards on a daily basis
• Preparation of site for internal and external quarterly audits
• Consolidation of all findings during the preparation for audits
• Monitoring of Occupational Health and Safety standards
• Participation and contribution during daily and weekly meetings...

Dietician and Unit Manager

2 Military Hospital

October 2002 - December 2005

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: needed a new challenge
Contact Person(s): Theresa Patterson

• Food, hygiene and stock audits at Western Cape units
• Evaluation of menus
• Liaison with Defense Force dieticians, ensuring that patients receive optimal nutrition
• Microbiological sampling of food - send away for testing
• Liaison with sales representatives of enteral and parenteral nutritional products; also ensuring optimal stock levels of these products
• Placing of orders for wet and dry rations; receipt of ordered stock
• Evaluation of plating lists
• Evaluation of cooked food before it gets served to the patients and living-in members
• Attending site meetings to give feedback and to ensure that problems regarding tender specifications are sorted out timeously
• Consolidation of monthly account and follow up of these payments
• Training of staff and compilation of training manuals - also regular evaluation of this information that has been imparted to the staff and assessing the relevance of this information for other contracts
• Consolidation of monthly salary profiles for all staff; assessing possible quarterly promotion of staff based on work performance, attendance, etc.
• Recruitment, screening, interviewing and appointment of staff
• Attending lectures presented by doctors in various wards

Catering Food Services Manager

Santa Hospital

April 2002 - June 2002

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: better opportunities
Contact Person(s): Oliver Adams

• Planning of menus
• Placing of orders
• All administrative / paperwork
• Standardization of recipes
• Working within strict budgetary guidelines
• Training of staff, Recruitment of staff
• Weekly stocktaking
• Maintaining strict hygiene standards
• Co-ordinating service of food to residents and patients
• Handling and following up of client and residents' / patients complaints
• Liaison with sales representatives of stock suppliers
• Monthly profit and loss statements
• Conducting performance reviews
• Responsible for disciplinary action and dismissals
• Together with sister-in-charge, management and calculation of therapeutic diets of patients

Catering Food Services Manager

Knysna Private Hospital

December 2001 - March 2002

Position: permanent
Contact Person(s): Oliver Adams

Catering Manager

Sherwood House

August 2001 - November 2001

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: looking for better opportunities
Contact Person(s): Susan Esterhuizen

• Running of Catering Department

Assistant Catering Manager

Trianon & Rathfelder

December 1999 - July 2001

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: better job prospects
Contact Person(s): Sharon Hickman

• Assisting catering manager in all aspects of managing the contract

Internal Sales Secretary

Alternate Labels and Printing (Pty) Ltd

July 1998 - December 1999

Position: permanent
Reason for leaving: to make use of university education, to better myself and to gain experience in the food service environment
Contact Person(s): Roy Parfitt

• Buying of printing materials and inks
• Liaison with chain store buyers for new and repeat orders
Invoicing on Pastel
• Planning of production and delivery schedules
• Managing sales manager's diary
• Minute taking at sales and staff meetings
• Typing of quotation letters
• Follow up of order status
• Filing of job cards
• Suggestion of designs to clients and art department
• Monitoring of job progression from artwork to finished product
• Management of receptionist and administrative staff
• Organizing of client parties and entertainment

• promoted to personal assistant to sale manager within 5 months

Qualifications & Certifications

B.Sc (Dietetics)

University of the Western Cape

Cape Computer College


University of the Western Cape


university exemption

South Peninsula High School

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