Submitted by GSPCA on 20:29, 4th Dec, 2012 | 0

Today at the Town Church hundreds on islanders enjoyed a wonderful soup lunch from 15 chefs from around Guernsey and one school.

Volunteers from a Bridge 2 Sri Lanka and Haiti as well as staff and volunteers from the GSPCA helped run the fund raiser while staff, chef, teachers and students competed for the 2012 Big Soup Kitchen Challenge winners plate.

The 2011 winner was Dave Matheson with his Caribbean Spiced Vegetable Soup with Chicken Jerk Strips.

We were so grateful to Waitrose who sponsored the event as well as those that made and baked cakes and cookies to sell on the day.Waitrose supporting The Big Soup Kitchen Challenge in Guernsey with the Bridge 2 Sri Lanka/Haiti and the GSPCA

We must thank the lovely Dean of Guernsey Paul Mellor for allowing us to use the church and to The Lieutanant Governor Air Marshall Peter Walker and his wife Lynda who attended and worked their way through tasting most of the soups as did the new ADC Marco Ciotti.

With one large or 3 small soups for just £5 as well as Recipe Booklets on sale for the first time a grand total of £2,487.25p was raised and we want to thank all those involved.

The Recipe Booklets can still be bought and/or emailed to you.  For more details email [email protected] . They will also be available at the OSA Pop Up Charity Shop on Smith Street for the Bridge 2 Sri Lanka/Haiti week which starts on the 10th December and the GSPCA week on the 17th December.

Each soup was judged by the taster and scored out of ten and this evening Sarah Griffiths founder of the Soup Kitchen and from Bridge 2 Sri Lanka/Haiti annouWinner of the 2012 The Big Soup Kitchen Challenge in Guernsey with the Bridge 2 Sri Lanka/Haiti and the GSPCAnced after totting up the scores that the winner for 2012 Big Soup Kitchen Challenge is Colin Samson with his Maple Roasted Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Focaccia Croutons from La Fregate.               

In second place was last years winner Dave Matheson from Red with James Ferguson from Sueco in 3rd.

A special congratulations to Colin, Dave and James but both charities want to thank all the chefs and children involved and say that in our eyes everyone was a winner with wonderful soups and a fantastic atmosphere.

If you missed the menu then you can see the full list below and don’t forget the recipe booklets are still on sale for only £5.

To see pictures from the day please click here


The Big Soup Kitchen Menu



Tuscan Roasted Red Pepper, White & Red Bean Soup – with/out Chorizo


The Captains Hotel

Sri Lankan Spiced Lentil Soup


The Fermain Valley 

Crab Bisque & Crab Dumplings



Japanese Style Lobster Soup


La Croix Guerin

Hungarian Goulash Soup


The Rocquettes Hotel

Okey Dokey Bloody Mary Soup



Onion Soup with Boursin Choux Buns


Pier 17 

Smoked Fish Chowder



Pea & Ham Hock Soup


The Old Government House

Pepper Rasam Soup


The Alpine Chalet

Austrian Goulash Soup


Hotel de Havelet

Butternut Squash Chili & Ginger Soup


Fleur du Jardin

Thai Vegetable Broth


La Fregate

Maple Roasted Pumpkin & Sweet Potato with Spiced Focaccia Croutons


The Pavilion at The Park

Green Soup


Vauvert School

Mr Lowe’s Luxurious Leaving Lentil Soup


To make a donation to help animals in Guernsey please call the Shelter on 01481 257261 or please click here


To see the story of Jethou Bumblebee please click here or click here to see the Channelonline report


This is a video of our longest stay cat Felix who needs your help to find a new and forever home.

There are many items on the GSPCA's Wish List and you can see many of them by clicking here including a list of Amazon items which would make a difference to animals in Guernsey this Christmas.

Every Tuesday 10.30am - 12pm up to and including the 18th December the GSPCA are holding Coffee Mornings and a Bric-a-brac sale with GSPCA Goods and Pet Supplies.  We are also offering free microchipping each time this event is on for cats and dogs so please pop along to support the Link staff and students.

Through December staff and volunteers will be running a GSPCA stall outside Joules on the Pollet during the Late Night Christmas Shopping each Thursday in December.

From Monday 17th December the GSPCA will have a Pop Up Charity Shop in Smith Street thanks to OSA Recruitment, click here for more details

Christmas Gift Certificates on sale at the GSPCA Animal Shelter as well as many other stocking fillers - for more details please click here

Sponsored Christmas Day Polar Bear Swim - Do you fancy joining our brave swimmers? click here for more details


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