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2nd March 2023

School pastry chef secures silver medal at Global Young Chefs Challenge heat

Written by: Edward Waddell
Calum Smith, a 21-year-old pastry chef at Shrewsbury School, represented Wales in the Global Young Chefs Challenge North Europe heat in Italy last week.

It was Calum’s first individual competition, having led Wales to team silver and bronze medals at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg last November.

Although his silver medal did not qualify him for the Global Young Chefs Challenge final at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Singapore next year, he will be going to the major culinary event as commis chef to Sion Hughes, Wales’ finalist in the Global Chefs Challenge.

Calum said: “I was slightly disappointed because I would have liked a gold medal, but it was my first competition on my own and I was delighted to come away with silver. I thoroughly enjoyed the competition and it gives me something to build on. There is a big difference between competing as an individual and as part of a team.

“I still have a chance to go to Singapore to compete with Sion in the Global Chefs Challenge final and the hard works starts now for us. It was an eye-opener for both of us to see the best chefs in North Europe competing as individuals.”