From School Kitchen to Michelin Star Restaurant

  Posted: 26.07.19 at 13:03 by The Editor

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A school cook from the Vale of Glamorgan has put her culinary skills to the test in the kitchen of Michelin star winning chef James Sommerin.

Ann Morgan, Chef Manager at St. Cyres school, spent a day at the award-winning restaurant in Penarth as part of the LACA’s ‘Host a School Chef’ project.

Ann, who returned to St Cyres school as head cook in November of last year, was selected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to take part in the scheme.

Colleagues had praised her outstanding work ethic, talent and team spirit, and felt she would thrive in the experience.

Ann said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the James Sommerin restaurant. I learnt a lot about seasonal produce and thinking outside the box when it comes to meals.

“Seeing the team at work reinforced in my mind the great work we’re doing at St Cyres. We’re a strong and efficient team, and I feel I am a good manager. It made me appreciate the job I’m doing now, and I realise I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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Ann was welcomed by Sommerin and his daughter, Georgia to help prepare food for service in the multi award-winning restaurant, situated on Penarth Esplanade.

She spent a day on-site, gaining knowledge on flavour combinations, and making the most of what the seasons have to offer, as well as having the opportunity to observe and ask questions.

Ann hopes to transfer these new-found skills to the school environment, catering for balanced and nutritious meals for 11-18-year olds.

Initially part of LACA’s National School Meals Week events, the Host a School Chef project became so popular with school caterers and restauranteurs alike, that it is now promoted as a stand-alone, year-round event.

The project allows school chefs the opportunity to gain experience in some of the country’s most exclusive restaurant kitchens.


Some of these include The Ritz Hotel in London, Purnell’s in Birmingham and The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny.

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