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1st December 2022

Wales starts search for National & Junior Chef of the Year

Written by: Edward Waddell
The Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) has launched the National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions which have some fabulous prizes on offer.

To enter, chefs must work at an establishment or study at a college for a catering qualification within Wales or be of Welsh descent and working in another country.

Entries are now open for both competitions which will be held at the Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC) from February 21-23, 2023, at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campus in Rhos-on-Sea.

At stake in the National Chef of the Wales final is £500 for the winner, £300 for the runner-up and £200 for third place. The winner will also receive a set of engraved 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 2024 in Singapore 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 engraved knives from Friedr Dick and products worth £100 from Churchill.

Arwyn Watkins, OBE, CAW president, said: “We are fortunate to have talented chefs working and studying within Wales and also others of Welsh descent who are working or studying outside of the country. We therefore hope they take this opportunity to showcase their skills in Wales’ premier competitions for chefs. Looking through the list of previous winners, you appreciate the calibre needed to become the best in Wales.”

Entries for both competitions must be received by January 31, 2023. Entry forms may be downloaded from the CAW website: