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9th November 2020

Wales to host Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge

Written by: Edward Waddell
Wales will welcome top chefs from around the world next year as the country hosts the Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge.

The Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) and its partners, the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), the Celtic Manor Resort and the Welsh Government, have accepted an invitation to bring the event to Newport from October 23-26, 2021.

The event will bring top chefs from around the world to compete on the finals of three categories, including the Global Chefs Challenge, the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge and the Global Young Chefs Challenge.

Danny Burke, coach to the Junior Culinary Team Wales and ex-senior team captain will be competing in the Global Chefs Challenge against 19 other finalists.

In 2017 Wales hosted a successful Worldchefs European Congress and last summer Wales welcomed a Worldchefs board meeting.

Arwyn Watkins OBE, president of CAW, said: “Hosting a global event of this magnitude in Wales is a huge honour and undertaking, but the Culinary Association of Wales and its partners relish the challenge of welcoming the world’s best chefs next autumn. Preparations have already begun.

“We are very aware of the scale and significance of securing this prestigious event, which will be the only major Worldchefs event in 2021 and should therefore attract worldwide interest in Wales.

“The Global Chefs Challenge will provide a fantastic showcase of culinary skills and everything that Wales has to offer. Against the current backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, this announcement should be welcome news for the hospitality industry. Hopefully, the event will support the steps being taken to help Wales bounce back from the economic impact of this pandemic.”

Worldchefs is a global network of 105 chefs’ associations representing more than ten million professional chefs worldwide.

Ian Edwards, chief executive of ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort, added: “We are delighted to bring this prestigious international event to our venues in 2021.

 “Our culinary philosophy is a big part of what we do at ICC Wales and hosting this prestigious event would be a brilliant opportunity to showcase Wales’ wealth of produce as well as our growing food and drink industry to an international audience.”