Chef serves Christmas spirit
JOHN Utah was the human embodiment of the Christmas spirit on the Tweed yesterday.
The super-chef served up a special Christmas dinner for the Tweed's needy and lonely at the Tweed Civic Centre on the only day he's had off for nearly a year.
Mr Utah is a chef at both the Parkwood Tavern and Bryce's Restaurant on the Gold Coast, but volunteered to come to the Tweed to help put the dinner on.
"I like to get into the Christmas spirit and give some time to these kind of things and do the right thing," Mr Utah said.
Mr Utah dished up a spread of roast turkey and pork, ham, roast pumpkins, potatoes and vegetables plus Christmas cake no one left on an empty stomach.
"This is the second year I've done this, but this is a bit bigger and it's just so rewarding to see everyone enjoying their food and having a good Christmas."
Organiser Karlene Polglase said the dinner was now in it's eighth year and continued to grow, with 400 people flooding in yesterday flanked by more than 80 volunteers.
Ms Polglase said she was happy to be part of something that touches so many lives every year.
- CHRISTIAN STANGER