‘Souper’ chef serves recipes
Soup is all part of winter’s appeal.
The ‘‘appeal’’ is Orphans Aid International, and chef Taka Moriyama at Massey University’s Wharerata Function Centre in Palmerston North, is on the end of the serving ladle.
In eight years, Moriyama, who moved to New Zealand from Japan in 2005, has raised $30,000 for Orphans Aid by selling soup.
‘‘I didn’t know how much, but Orphans Aid told me it was between $7000 and $8000 last year.’’
Eight years ago, while returning from a visit to Japan, the chef, a Christian, had an epiphany.
‘‘On the flight, I selected an Orphans Aid documentary about the plight of abandoned and vulnerable children, and after watching it, started thinking about what I could do.’’
The documentary was called Someone Somewhere Loves Me.
After wrestling with the issue, it became apparent that he could use his skills and talent as a chef to make a difference. Soup was the answer. With about half a dozen people on the initial order list, he now regularly supplies up to 25 customers and their families producing on average 60 litres of soup every week.
On Thursday night, Moriyama, also affectionately known as ’’SoupER Man’’ is launching an Orphans Aid cookbook at Wharerata called Ladle Me Happy.
The idea to capture the recipes as well as tell the Orphans Aid story has been around since 2012.
It’s now a reality, with Wharerata donating the venue for the launch and Orphans Aid fundraising dinner, and local produce suppliers donating the ingredients for the meal.
Attendance for Thursday’s launch function is over subcribed, but Ladle Me Happy is available through the Orphans Aid International website.
Wharerata chef Taka Moriyama is launching a charity soup cookbook.