Worldchefs president encourages Wales to bid for 2024 Congress

President encourages Wales to bid for Worldchefs Congress 2024
05/07/2019 - 08:33
The president of Worldchefs, an organisation that represents more than 12 million chefs from 108 countries around the globe, has encouraged Wales to bid to host the Worldchefs Congress and Expo in 2024.

Thomas Hugler, The president of Worldchefs made the comment at a three-day Worldchefs board meeting at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. He said: “I think it’s a good idea. Certainly, they must make sure that they meet all the criteria, but the venue looks fantastic. It has the infrastructure, the space, the modern technology and the ability to expand.

“There is a really good atmosphere here and the food we have had was amazing, which showed the dedication of the chefs. I think the resort has a great future, with lots of things to come.”

All bids to host the Worldchefs Congress must be submitted by November and the winning bid will be determined by a vote by all Worldchefs’ members. The Worldchef Congress attracts 1,000 chefs from around the world and the associated expo exhibition attracts between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors.

Arwyn Watkins, Culinary Association of Wales president, told the chefs: “We firmly believe that we have the infrastructure in place for Wales to host the congress. We are adopting a Team Wales approach to make sure we tick all the right boxes.

“If Wales is selected as one of the three bids to be put to the vote, it will be for us to lobby other countries to get them on board.”

Gugler and the Worldchefs’ board held a three-day meeting at the Celtic Manor Resort where they received a presentation about the new £84 million International Convention Centre Wales, which is due to open on September 13.

Watkins believes it is important that Wales seizes every opportunity to build future trade links with countries around the world due to the uncertainty of Brexit. 

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