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31st January 2024

Apprentice duo strike gold to win inaugural Green Chef Challenge

Written by: Edward Waddell
Commis chefs Gabbi Wilson and Rosie Koffer, who both work at Chartists 1770 at The Trewythen in Llanidloes, were named as the first winners of the Green Chef Challenge sponsored by Compass Cymru.

The pair both won gold medals for Gabbi’s three-course vegetarian menu with judges scoring their dishes at 90% or over. The dishes will be on the Chartists 1770 menu from 30th January.

Commenting on the victory, Gabbi explained: “I have only been a commis chef for six months and winning this competition is very exciting.” The menu included:

  • Starter: tempura seaweed tacos with pickled cabbage slaw, cashew cream and falafel
  • Main: braised leeks, pomme dauphine, sauteed mushrooms and green leek mayo
  • Dessert: vanilla Cremieux with caramac, lemon curd, lemon and cider gel, poached pears and a brown butter crumb

CAW president Arwyn Watkins, OBE, said: “We introduced the Green Chef Challenge competition because of the growing demand for vegetable-based meals across the UK. The competition will also feature at the Worldchefs Congress and Expo when it comes to Wales in May 2026 and we will have a Welsh chef competing.”

The duo also competed separately in the Junior Chef of Wales final where they both received a silver medal. Rosie was also the commis chef to Chartists 1770 executive chef Jamie Tully in the National Chef of Wales final, where he won a bronze medal.

Jane Byrd, managing director of Compass Cymru, added: “Compass has ambitious net zero targets and we are committed to local, seasonal food with minimal food waste, which is supported by a focus on plant-forward menus.

“It’s wonderful to see organisations like the Culinary Association of Wales encourage this move toward incorporating plant-based food, and we hope it continues across ongoing events like the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026.”