A former pupil of St Cyres School – Dom Rushton – is being overwhelmed by the demand for his British-style gourmet sausages … in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Dom – who’s the 28-year-old son of well-known Welsh film director Chris Rushton – left home at 19 and is now a teacher at a top private school – and a part-time food entrepreneur.
Just a year ago, as a sideline he and his fiance Sophal Thach – a dental assistant – set up a small gourmet sausage business in Hanoi producing hand-made sausages. They proved to be just what British expatriats had been looking for.
Now however, the local Vietnamese population have also discovered Dom’s artisan British-style bangers – and business is booming.
This weekend Dom Rushton has been invited by the British Ambassador to a join a select group of retailers and set up a stall at a massive street party in Hanoi organised by the British Embassy to promote Britain and British food in what is now the thriving capital of the once war-torn communist country.
On the menu are Dom’s classic British-style sausages alongside his specially developed varieties made with local ingredients and flavours, with his innovative lemongrass-and-chilli and chicken-and fresh basil ranges being some of the hottest sellers.
Once the big Hanoi street party is over Dom and Sophal will be enjoying a well earned cuppa … afternoon tea with the UK Ambassador at the British Embassy.