Ray Marsh Elementary teacher chronicles late son’s culinary work, military journey in cookbook

Heather Sommer, a Ray Marsh Elementary teacher and mother of Francis Sommer, published a book of her late son’s recipes taken from his training logbook.

Her son was just a few classes away from completing a culinary arts degree at Johnson County Community College. Francis Sommer was going to be a chef. When he passed away in a car accident, Heather Sommer decided to carry on his legacy of good cooking.

Sommer, a special education teacher at Ray Marsh Elementary School, treasured her son Francis’s training logbook from his cooking classes. It was a tome of recipes Francis had prepared as part of his culinary studies. She took nearly every single recipe from the training logbook, resized them from restaurant-size portions to serving sizes for a home-cooked meal, and created a cookbook.