Deadline approaching for National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions

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Editor 14th October 2015
Time is running out to enter both the 2016 National Chef of Wales and Junior Chef of Wales contests, as the deadline approaches on Sunday, October 18. For the first time, both competitions will be held next year with the winners qualifying to represent their country in prestigious UK contests. Ryan JonesThe Welsh culinary competitions, which have traditionally been held on alternate years, will also for the first time be open to Wales born chefs who are now working outside the country. Previously, the competitions have been restricted to chefs living, working or studying in Wales. The finals of both competitions will be held during the Welsh International Culinary Championships at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay from February 15 to 18, 2016. The Junior Chef of Wales contest opens the championships on the Monday and the National Chef of Wales final brings the curtain down on the four-day event on the Thursday afternoon. In addition to having the prestige of being the best chefs in Wales, the winners will go through to the UK semi-finals of the Junior Chef of the Year and National Chef of the Year contests.

>>>See this year's National Chef of the Year winner here

Entries are now being welcomed for the Welsh competitions, with the closing date set for October 18. Entries must be accompanied by the chef’s own creative menu for a three-course dinner for four persons together with a £15 fee for junior chefs and a £30 fee for senior chefs. A panel of judges will select chefs for regional heats from the submitted menus and competitors will be given three hours to cook their dishes. The final will comprise two regional heat winners and the two highest scoring runners up. To qualify for the Junior Chef of Wales contest, chefs must be a minimum age of 17 and not be older than 23 on February 1, 2016 and either be born in Wales or working or studying for a catering qualification in a college or establishment in Wales. National Chef of Wales entrants must be over the age of 23 and the same rule applies about their birth and employment or study. Entries should be sent to: Sally Owens, Culinary Association of Wales, 4 Bryn Hafod, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5YJ or email: [email protected].

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 14th October 2015

Deadline approaching for National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions