Jamie's head chef cooks up a storm in the flats for sale in Pontyclun
17 November 2012
The Head Chef at Jamie’s Italian has been giving people the unique chance to come and cook with him in the new show apartment at the Meadow Walk development in Pontyclun.
Gary Clarke, who has been Head Chef at Jamie’s Italian restaurant since it opened in Cardiff in 2009, has lived at the Persimmon Homes site for the last two years. To celebrate the launch of the flats for sale in Pontyclun, he held an afternoon of fun, interactive cooking demonstrations designed especially for one or two people, including pasta dishes and simple meals that can be made in just 15 minutes.
“The aim of the event was for people to come along and make themselves at home in the show apartment and to feel free to join in and help me make some dishes – as if they had come to a friend’s house for dinner” said Gary, who has 20 years experience in the industry. “They are all delicious, quick and easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for apartment life and it was great to see everyone getting involved and trying their hand at making them with me.”
Gary moved to Meadow Walk with his wife and two young children after moving back to the UK from New Zealand, where he ran restaurants for six years. Before leaving for New Zealand, Gary was Head Chef at two highly acclaimed, 3 Rosette Conran restaurants in London, Pont De La Tour and Cantina del Ponte as well as the Café des Artistes in Jersey. Since opening its doors in November 2009, Jamie’s Italian has quickly become one of the most popular and stylish restaurants in Cardiff with a recently expanded alfresco dining area.
Speaking about his move to Meadow Walk, Gary said: “We were used to living in a quiet, rural area in New Zealand, so we wanted somewhere here that had a rural feel but was still close to the city. Meadow Walk is set next to a nature reserve so it’s a really beautiful location but it has great transport links and I can cycle to Cardiff in under an hour, which I like to do every day.
“It also has some great schools close by and is very much a family-focussed development, which was important to us. There are lots of young families here and it’s great having neighbours with children of a similar age so they can play together. We didn’t have that in New Zealand as we lived in a remote area.
“Meadow Walk is a fantastic place to live, which is why I wanted to celebrate the launch of the new show apartment with a fun cooking session where people could get involved, get a feel for the place and enjoy some great food at the same time.”