James Sommerin is a proud Welshman with a fierce reputation for his culinary abilities, which are credited with elevating the country’s gastronomic status. His restaurant, ‘James Sommerin’ opened in May 2014 to critical acclaim. The Times describes the restaurant as “wow” and a “first rate dining experience”.
In 2015 the Michelin Guide praised the restaurants panoramic views over the Severn Estuary” and the food’s “unusual taste and texture combinations.”
This isn’t James’ first Michelin Starred role either, under his direction the Crown at Whitebrook gained a Michelin Star in 2007.
James describes the key to his cooking style as being his “focus on more unusual products, to show there is more to Wales”. This flair for the unusual was key to the observer marking him as a Chef to Watch in 2008; before he went on to unleash this potential in winning the Welsh regional final of BBC’s Great British Menu in 2009.
James’ career began with his first job in a restaurant at just twelve years old. This was a plan by his father to dissuade him from a career as a chef, something that thankfully never happened. Aged just sixteen he headed to Scotland to train under the direction of prominent Scottish chef Richard Lyth.
James’ love of the hotel industry has remained with him to this day; he and his wife Louise recently opened guest rooms above their restaurant to critical acclaim. This builds further on the success of the restaurant which currently has 4AA Rosettes and is listed as number 34 in the 2017 Good Food Guide, in addition to its Michelin Star.
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