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25th March 2020

Welsh Chefs finals postponed due to coronavirus

Written by: Edward Waddell
The finals of the 2020 National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions have been postponed for at least four months due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The two competitions were due to take place on 30 March 2020 at Cardiff and Vale College City Campus.

Arwyn Watkins, president of the Culinary Association of Wales, said: “Due to the latest advice about gatherings of people and the spread of Coronavirus, we had no option but to postpone the finals. Our first priority must be the safety of the finalists, judges and the people involved in delivering the event.

“The association will not be organising any events for the next four months in view of the latest Coronavirus advice. Hopefully, we shall be able to rearrange the finals in the autumn.”

The National Chef of Wales finalists include:

  • Wayne Barnard, 37, sous chef at Park House Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cardiff.
  • Former Junior Chef of Wales winner Andrew Tabberner 27, Gaerwen Arms, Gaerwen, Anglesey.
  • Joshua Hughes, 24, Signatures Restaurant, Aberconwy.  
  • Cyril Gabriel, 25, Carden Park, near Chester.
  • Last year’s finalist Sam Griffiths, 25, The Chester Grosvenor, Chester.
  • Former Culinary Team Wales member David Kelman, 44, Cowley Manor Hotel, Cowley, Cheltenham.

The Junior Chef of Wales finalists include:

  • Leuan Davies, 23, The Manor House, Castle Combe, Chippenham.
  • Dalton Weir, 20, Home Cookin, Llandudno.
  • Thomas Herbert, 22, Lucknam Park Hotel, Colerne, Chippenham.
  • Lucy Alchin, 21, Cleverchefs, Cardiff.
  • Thomas Martin, 23, freelance chef, South Wales.
  • Harry Osbourne, 21, Deganwy Quay, Conwy.
  • Oliver Thompson, 22, The Coffee Bean, Gaerwen.