PENARTH’S MICHELIN-STAR CHEF – JAMES SOMMERIN – COOKS FOR THE HOMELESS

James Sommerin - of Penarth's Restaurant James Sommerin on gets down to cooking the Christmas meal k in the kitchen of the Huggard Centre for the homeless. His culinary tip? "Everything tastes better with butter" - says James

James Sommerin – of Penarth’s Restaurant James Sommerin –  gets down to cooking the Christmas meal  in the kitchen of the Huggard Centre for the homeless in Cardiff. His Yuletide culinary tip? “Everything tastes better with butter” – says James

Eighty homeless people –  who usually sleep on the streets of Cardiff –  have  enjoying a special festive dinner –  specially-cooked for them by  Penarth’s own Michelin Star-winning chef James Sommerin .

Mr Sommerin – and a team of five chefs – took command of the kitchen at the Huggard Centre for the homeless in Tresillian Terrace (formerly the Salvation Army Hostel) where they  prepared meal-to-remember for what were very grateful – but strictly non-paying – customers.

The team arrived at 07:00 am to unload supplies and get the poultry prepared

The team arrived at 07:00 am to unload supplies and get the poultry prepared

The team started work at 7:00 am to lay on a lunch which included roast chicken and trimmings, a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables,  and a choice of Christmas pudding or steamed sponge.

It was the second time that James has cooked Christmas dinner for Huggard Centre diners. He says the idea originally came from his six-year-old daughter Elin who had spotted  a homeless person on the street and asked her parents about the kind of Christmas he would have .

Huggard guests had a choice of Chrstimas pud, steamed sponge or James Sommerin chocolate-log cake.

Huggard guests had a choice of Christmas pud, steamed sponge or genuine James Sommerin chocolate-log cake.

Guests at the Huggard Centre are often on their way again after their meal so the Sommerin team even brought along a few extra goodies their diners,  including  sleeping-bags and toiletries.  Dawn Matthews staff kitchen manager at the Huggard, said Mr Sommerin had a “really good reception from everyone”.

…And as for James Sommerin, he’s promising to do it all again next year.

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8 Responses to PENARTH’S MICHELIN-STAR CHEF – JAMES SOMMERIN – COOKS FOR THE HOMELESS

  1. Brian says:

    Well done!!! An example to us all !

  2. Brickie says:

    Lovely story. Well done, Mr S and team👍

  3. So well done! Read about you on Helping the Homeless site.
    Great! Have a very Happy Family Christmas 🎅🏻🍸

  4. Sarah says:

    This is such an incredibly kind thing to do – I’m sure Elin will always remember this and you’ve given her the best gift possible, by being an amazing role model. Well done James and all your team.

  5. martin houghton says:

    Such a wonderful thing to do. Brilliant. The true meaning of Christmas.

  6. hopenotnasty says:

    A big thank you to James Sommerin and his staff for his warm, kind hearted massive Xmas gift to the Huggard. On Boxing Day a meal is prepared at the Huggard by a church in Bute town. The immediate days after Boxing Day until 2nd January a meal is provided by the staff which is free.
    The new Huggard day centre and hostel was built on the site of the old building and the Taft vale workshops. It was built in partnership with Cardiff city council who have staff based in their own building providing services for the single homeless. They also run a hostel. (The Salvation Army was never on this site).

  7. Frank Evans says:

    I can be homeless James! I’ll be at the pier entrance at 2pm on Christmas day and will gladly accept a large dinner for 4 people. Which we’ll eat at home… Whooops. .. I meant on the street.

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