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Screen_shot_2014-01-02_at_10.49.34.pngFund-raiser and Trail dinner


South Wales Culinary Team 2014 will hold a fund-raiser and Trail dinner on the Tuesday 28th January at the Samuel Ryder Suit at the Celtic Manor, 7pm.


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Welsh Showcase of Culinary Talent

Held every February, the Welsh International Culinary Championships are a mouthwatering three-day showcase of world class chefs from across the UK.

Hosted by Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea from February 25-27, the championships are designed to celebrate the nation's fantastic culinary skills and rich array of quality food. The popular event is packed with exciting competitions for learner, junior and senior chefs and waiting staff.

A highlight is the prestigious Battle for the Dragon contest, which this year sees teams representing three regions of Wales – South, Mid and North – compete for the Dragon Trophy.

The Culinary Association of Wales has broken with tradition this year by inviting the three regional teams to compete to showcase the best of Welsh cuisine, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. In previous years, two international teams have been invited to compete against Wales in the contest.

North Wales begins the contest on Tuesday, February 25 by cooking a menu using Welsh Beef as the main course. Mid Wales is next in the kitchen on Wednesday, cooking Welsh Lamb as the main course and South Wales completes the line-up, on February 27, cooking Welsh pork as the main course.


Each team is challenged to cook a three-course meal for 90 people, using mainly seasonal ingredients from their region, under the watchful eyes of a panel of experienced judges.

Another major attraction is Cake Cymru show for the best sugarcraft and cake decorating competitors in the land.

The National Chef of Wales contest, held on alternate years to the Junior Chef of Wales, is this year being held at Coleg Llandrillo on February 24, the eve of the Championships. Competing for £3,000 prizemoney are: Jack Davison, 22, from St Tudno Hotel, Llandudno, Michael Bates, executive head chef at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and chef patron of the award-winning White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi, Karl Jones-Hughes, also from the Celtic Manor Resort and Ryan Jones, a creative development chef for Fei Foods Limited, Llansamlet, Swansea.

The championships are organised by the Welsh Culinary Association (WCA) with sponsorship from the Welsh Government to promote the Wales the True Taste food and drink industry brand, Unilever Food Solutions and Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales.

Tickets for each Battle for the Dragon lunch cost £23 or £21 each when booking all three and are available from Jane Cater, assistant director of marketing and communications at Gr?p Llandrillo Menai, who can be contacted on Tel: 01492 542305. 

“The fact that we have three teams from Wales competing this year is going to add extra spice to the competition, especially as regional pride is at stake. It’s an event not to be missed,” said Colin Gray, Culinary Association of Wales president.


Click here for a live stream for the competitions in Llandudno

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