Carden Park’s Young Chef Joey Jones Runs Rings Around The European Competition

cardenYoung Welsh chef Joey Jones from Carden Park Hotel has been awarded two silver medals at the Culinary Olympics in Germany as part of the Welsh National Junior Team.

The Culinary Olympics happen every four years and are endorsed by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies or Worldchefs, with thirty-two national senior teams and 20 junior teams taking part in the four days of intense competition. Known as the IKA/Culinary Olympics the International Culinary Art Exhibition is the largest international professional competition for chefs, cooks and pastry chefs. More than 2,000 chefs prepared over 7,000 fresh menus and turn the Erfurt exhibition halls into the largest restaurant in the world.

Joey joined the Carden Park catering team in 2015 to work with Executive Head Chef Graham Tinsley MBE, who has catered for several members of the Royal family during his career, including Prince Charles and HRH Queen Elizabeth II as well as the Emperor of Japan and several International Heads of State. Graham has also nurtured the careers of many chefs who have gone on to great things including James Durrant, who became Head Chef at Gordon Ramsey’s ‘Maze’ restaurant in 2005, and young chef and British and International Escoffier winner, Dion Jones.

Graham Tinsley, Executive Head Chef at Carden Park Hotel praised Joey Jones by saying:

“This is a fantastic accolade for Joey, he has a great deal of talent and performs so well under pressure. The competition was intense and the junior teams were facing a new element this year with the hot and cold edible buffet and live theatre category which really tested their cooking ability to the maximum. We are proud to have Joey in our team here at Carden and we enjoy challenging our talented stars to push the boundaries and surprise themselves.”