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Members of the Culinary Association of Wales demonstrate their passion, flair and culinary skills at all the major competitions around the globe, across the UK and within Wales.

The Senior and Junior Welsh National Culinary Teams carry the Welsh flag with great pride in the two major international competitions, the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg and the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. Both competitions are held every four years to coincide with the football World Cup finals and the Olympic Games.

In addition, the senior team has brought back gold, silver and bronze medals from the American Culinary Classic in Chicago, the World Culinary Championships in Basle, the European Cup of Regional Flavours in France and was due to compete in the FHA Culinary Challenge in Singapore in 2010 until the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland grounded their flight.

Closer to home, Welsh teams have competed at the World Culinary Grand Prix in Scotland, Hospitality in Birmingham and Chef Ireland, whilst on home soil the senior team competes annually in the Battle for the Dragon contest against two invited national teams at the Welsh International Culinary Championships (W.I.C.C.) at Coleg Llandrillo.

At an individual level, Welsh chefs have competed with distinction in the Global Chefs Challenge and Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge and the UK Escoffier Challenge.

Other competitions targeted by Welsh chefs include BBC Two’s Masterchef, ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish, British Chef of the Year, National Chef of Wales, Junior Chef of Wales, Cake Cymru and the Celtic Challenge.

The Association is committed to supporting chefs from Wales to showcase their talent at a regional, national and international level. 

Welsh International Culinary Championships & Cake Cymru 2019

26th February - 28th February

The Championships have been running successfully for 24 years and this year we are proud to announce the inclusion of some fantastic and unmissable opportunities for our young chefs across Wales.

New competitions include; Major Series Young Chef Heat . The week kicks off in style with the Junior Chef of Wales Final on Monday with 4 great chefs either winning or progressing from their regional heats to compete for the ultimate chef trophy in Wales.

We once again look forward to seeing all of our local and national chefs, students and apprentices competing in hot, cold, static and front of house competitions, good luck to you all and thank you to all the tutors, mentors, lecturers and assessors who give up a great deal of their own time to encourage their students and learners.

I am grateful to the support of the association committee in organising the salon, who give up their time to ensure the continued success of the event year on year. Finally a word of warm thanks to all our sponsors, as without their continued support the competition simple wouldn’t be possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Coleg Llandrillo either as a competitor or spectator – everybody is welcome! Best of wishes for the competition. Kind Regards Arwyn Watkins President of The Culinary Association of Wales 




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