Twelve contenders chosen to compete for Junior Chef of Wales

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Editor 19th December 2014
Chris in actionTwelve chefs will be competing in the regional heats of the Junior Chef of Wales competition next month. The bi-annual hunt for Wales’ culinary stars of the future begins with the North Wales heat at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, where seven chefs will be competing for a place in the final. They are: Arron Tye from Shared Olive, Hawarden, Mathew Morris from Bar Uno, Bangor University, Joshua Hughes from Quay Hotel, Deganwy, Sam Ricketts from Signatures Restaurant, Conwy, James Roberts from Ty Gwyn Hotel, Betws y Coed, Ryan Philipps from Castle Hotel, Conwy and Muhamad Aizat Mohd Radzuan from Orchid Pan Asian Restaurant, Aberystwyth. Five chefs will be competing at the South Wales heat which follows at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw on January 14. They are: Benjamin Cooke from Brains, Cardiff, Andrew Tabberner from Coast Restaurant, Saundersfoot, Ian McCormack and Wensley Macauly both from Coleg y Cymoedd and Vivienne Read from Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. Culinary Association Wales president Colin Gray said he was delighted with the number of entries this year and looked forward to two keenly contested heats. He said: “The Junior Chef of Wales contest provides the perfect platform for young chefs to demonstrate their skills and catch the eye of national team selectors. Previous winners have gone on to compete for Wales at all the major culinary competitions around the world.”welsh chefas The chefs were asked to submit their own creative menu for a three course dinner for four persons, using a selection of Welsh products. For the regional heats, they will now have three hours to cook their dishes. The winners of each heat together with the two highest scoring runners up will qualify for the final to be held at Coleg Llandrillo on February 16, on the eve of the Welsh International Culinary Championships. Along with the title, the champion wins an all-expenses paid trip to represent Wales at the Junior Forum at the World Association of Chefs’ Societies Congress in Athens, Greece in May 2016.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 19th December 2014

Twelve contenders chosen to compete for Junior Chef of Wales