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THE SOUPER KITCHEN; Chef dishes up posh nosh for homeless.

Byline: By Janice Burns

HOMELESS people are being served gourmet grub by a top chef.

Derek Low, 34, who used to cook for the rich and famous at Glasgow's Hilton, is turning his culinary skills to feeding down-and-outs for a new charity scheme.

Taking on Derek is a real coup for the city's Loaves And Fishes charity, who have just launched the venture.

Every Thursday, at least 40 homeless people will be treated to a high-class meal.

The venue is the Oasis restaurant at the Renfield St Stephen's Church centre in Bath Street, where Derek is now full-time chef.

Yesterday, dad-of-three Derek said he had no regrets about his change in career. And he is delighted to be taking part in the Loaves And Fishes restaurant initiative.

He said: "I take pride in serving the homeless. They appreciate good food more than some of the wealthy people at the Hilton.

"I feel I am really helping people out and making a difference by giving them wholesome, nutritious food."

Denis Curran, of Loaves And Fishes, admitted he had been close to giving up after the loss of their old venue, St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, following the murder of student Angelika Kluk.

But he praised former St Patrick's priest Father Gerry Nugent, whose problems with drink and women were exposed at the trial.

He said: "If it hadn't been for Father Gerry giving us the run of his church to hold our meetings, we'd still be serving food from a soup kitchen in the street.

"He was my inspiration for this new idea and I still have nothing but respect for him.

"This is a first in Scotland, if not Britain.

"It only costs us pounds 6 a head to give these people back some of their pride and help them get their lives back on track."

Grandad Denis, 63, added he had been deeply impressed at the effort the restaurant's first customers had put in.

The men were dressed in shirt and tie while the women wore skirts and make-up.

STARTER

Seared seabream, herb polenta with tomato salsa

MAIN COURSE

Seared fillet steak wrapped in streaky bacon filled with smoked Orkney cheese, Madeira sauce, black pudding mash and crisp, roasted vegetables

DESSERT

Pineapple and passion fruit tarte tatin with cinnamon and vanilla cream

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Derek in the kitchen, top, and, above, Denis Curran from Loaves And Fishes; TASTE OF THE HIGH LIFE: Derek serves food to customers George Sutherland, left, and Freddie Todd. Right, just three of the meals available for the homeless MARK IRVINE
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Date:May 19, 2007
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