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 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 .
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.