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Chef Chiko returns for Christmas dinner

A serving of Christmas cheer for Bermuda's needy will get a youthful look this year.

Chef Michiko Campbell, 27, is to return with his fourth Christmas dinner at Albuoy's Point in Hamilton — and he said he wanted to recruit younger people to help out.

Mr Campbell, sous chef at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, said he hoped to show young people “the true meaning of giving back to somebody less fortunate”.

The creator of the all-purpose seasoning Chiko's Smokey Rub said he had “always been a strong believer in giving back”.

Mr Campbell added this December marked ten years since his identical twin brother, Machai, was killed in a crash. “My brother was definitely a person that would have wanted to do something like this. It's in honour to him, as well as a way of giving back,” he said.

The dinners are a chance to raise money for charity as well as serving a proper Christmas meal to the less fortunate.

Mr Campbell said: “Some people get very emotional about it and just want to give us a hug.

“Some are not in need but come and donate to the cause.”

The recipient of the charity donation from this year's event had yet to be decided.

Donations have gone to charities or to medical patients struggling with costs.

The dinner will run from 5.30pm to 10.30pm on December 23 on the west side of Albuoy's Point, near the yacht club for easier service. Mr Campbell, a chef for 13 years, will take the lead in cooking the turkeys, ham and all the trimmings with volunteers to help. About 750 people were served in 2016, and this year's target is about 800 people.

Mr Campbell added that nothing went to waste, as all leftovers are donated to the Salvation Army and the charity drive also shares food with the hospital and seniors' homes.

Mr Campbell said: “It's definitely a collaboration — but it always works out.

“It's a heart-warming experience. While the feeling gets a little overwhelming, in my heart I know it's the right thing and the good thing to give back.”

To volunteer, call Chef Chiko at 704-4566 or email chikosmokeyrub@hotmail.com

Fired up: chef Michiko Campbell gets ready in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club kitchen for his fourth Christmas charity dinner set for December 23. “Chef Chiko” is looking to recruit younger people to help his charitable effort (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published November 28, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated November 28, 2018 at 6:56 am)

Chef Chiko returns for Christmas dinner

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