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Ex-British Army chef Matthew returns after 15 years of travelling the world to …

A Rhondda man who has travelled the world as a British Army[1] chef has returned home to open a delicatessen business. During his 15 years in the military, 32-year-old Matthew Rogers has travelled to Germany, Iraq, Northern Ireland, USA, Poland, Russia and Belize, and has had some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Among them, the Ystrad man has cooked at Royal Ascot and at the Queen s birthday celebrations, while he has also built a kitchen for orphans in Kenya.

Now the chef has decided to draw on his experiences to open a business back home in the Rhondda, and has opened his new deli, called Delicious, at 28 William Street in Ystrad, where he grew up.

Ex-British Army Chef Matthew Returns After 15 Years Of Travelling The World To ... Matthew Rogers while living in Kenya

Matthew, who owns and manages the new business, said: I ve been very lucky to gain many catering qualifications and more importantly a wealth of experience having cooked all over the world.

The most memorable experience for me was living in Kenya for six months, where we raised money through running marathons and half marathons to build a building for orphans.

We also built them a kitchen inside the building. It was all funded through what we raised.

I ve also cooked for the Queen[2], and was part of the buffet team for her birthday celebrations.

In May, I decided to leave the armed forces, and to open the shop I thought with my experience it would be a shame not to. But I had to turn down two very good jobs which I was offered.

Related: This 19th century former alehouse has just been named Dining Pub of the Year 2016[3]

Along with help from his family, Matthew was able to carry out the building work to set up his new business, which prides itself on serving fresh produce. He has employed two full time and two part time members of staff.

Matthew added: We ve been open about seven weeks and it s been going really well.

We sell salads, paninis, coffees, pastas and baked potatoes all freshly made every day. The menu is full of light food at the moment for the summer.

We ve also started taking bookings for functions, and we are having our first charity event, a free coffee morning for Macmillan next month.

References

  1. ^ Army (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Queen (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ This 19th century former alehouse has just been named Dining Pub of the Year 2016 (www.walesonline.co.uk)

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