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5th January 2022

Competition launches searching for best chefs in Wales

Written by: Edward Waddell
Entries are now open for the National and Junior Chef of Wales, which will be held at the Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC) from 22-24 February 2022 at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campus in Rhos-on-Sea.

At stake in the National Chef of the Wales final is £1,000 for the winner, £500 for the runner-up and £300 for third place. The winner will also receive a set of knives from Friedr Dick and £250 worth of Churchill products.

The Junior Chef of Wales winner will have a chance of a lifetime to attend the Worldchefs Congress 2022 in Abu Dhabi from May 30 to June 2 with CAW delegates.

The winner will also qualify for the semi-finals of the Young National Chef of the Year contest, organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs and receive support from the Junior Culinary Team Wales, a set of knives from Friedr Dick and £100 of products from Churchill.

Entries for both competitions must be received by January 31, 2022. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) website.  

Arwyn Watkins, OBE, CAW president, said: “The National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions provide the perfect platform for talented chefs to showcase their skills.

“Looking through the list of previous winners highlights the quality that is needed to become the best in Wales. We are hoping to maintain these high standards and level of interest befitting the premier competitions for Welsh chefs.”

To enter the National Chef of Wales contest, chefs must be of Welsh descent or working or studying in Wales. Finalists will be selected from the creative menus they submit for a four course meal for 12 people, featuring mostly Welsh ingredients.