Sheffield’s chef turned ‘husky man’ racing Siberian dogs

Nonna's chef John Lam (centre) with girlfriend Laura Coe, Nonna's proprietor Maurizio Mori and the Siberian huskies.
Nonna's chef John Lam (centre) with girlfriend Laura Coe, Nonna's proprietor Maurizio Mori and the Siberian huskies.
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A Sheffield chef has been causing a stir after becoming a nationally famous Siberian husky racer.

28-year-old John Lam who works in the kitchen at Nonna’s in Ecclesall Road, has been moonlighting with a pair of husky dogs - training in local parks and the countryside.

Undeterred by Sheffield’s lack of snow, Mr Lam is now one of the country’s foremost husky racers.

He trains perched on a customised scooter and only goes out late at night in warmer months to ensure cooler temperatures for his two dogs.

The rescue dogs, Kato and Meisha, often pull Mr Lam at speeds over 20mph across as much as 12 miles at a time.

Mr Lam said huskies are fashionable to own, but few people know exactly how to handle them. He said: “They’re a highly intelligent dog that’s specifically bred for cold

climates and working.

“They’re not your normal pet by any means. They’re very energetic and they need to be allowed to burn their excess energy off.

People don’t realise what they’re taking on.”

Mr Lam takes his huskies to the annual meeting at Avimore in Scotland and he recently came 13th in his first competitive competition.

But his ultimate dream is to tackle Alaska’s annual 1,000 mile event.

Nonna’s owner Maurizio Mori said: “People regularly refer to John as the ‘husky man’ in Ecclesall as they’re that used to seeing him being pulled around by his dogs.

“It’s not something you see every day in Ecclesall!

“I’m glad to say his passion for huskies is more than matched by his cooking.”