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Hunt Launched To Find The Best Young Chef In Wales

A hunt has been launched to find Wales’ culinary stars of the future. The nation’s top young chefs are being invited to compete for the coveted Junior Chef of Wales title with a fantastic prize at stake.

Apart from the prestige of being the best young chef in Wales, the champion will also win an all-expenses paid trip to represent Wales at the Junior Forum at the World Association of Chefs’ Societies Congress in Athens, Greece in May 2016.

Chefs have until November 30 to enter the prestigious contest, with regional heats planned for Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on January 12 and Coleg-y-Cymoedd on January 14. The entry form may be downloaded at the Culinary Association of Wales website http://www.welshculinaryassociation.com/files/6014/1349/5336/Junior_Chef_of_Wales_Entry_Form.pdf

Entry costs £15 which gives the chef junior membership of the Culinary Association of Wales for a year. Chefs must be at least 17-years-old, not older than 23 on February 1, 2015 and must be of Welsh descent or working or studying for a catering qualification in Wales.

The winners of each heat together with the two highest scoring runners up will qualify for the final to be held at Coleg Llandrillo on February 16, on the eve of the Welsh International Culinary Championships.

Organised every two years by the Culinary Association of Wales, the Junior Chef of Wales contest is sponsored by the Welsh Government to promote the Food and Drink Wales brand.

To stand a chance of securing their place in the showpiece final, chefs must submit their own creative menu for a three course dinner for four persons, using a selection of Welsh products.

From the entry forms and menus, a panel of experienced judges will select the best entrants to compete in the regional finals where they will have three hours to cook their dishes.

The final was traditionally part of the three-day Welsh International Culinary Championships in 2013 it was held before to give it greater prominence.

Entries must be submitted to Graham Tinsley, Culinary Association of Wales 5, Heol Elwy, Abergele, Conwy LL22 7US or e-mail: graham@grahamtinsley.co.uk

Culinary Association Wales president Colin Gray, owner of Capital Cuisine, appealed to talented young chefs across Wales to put their skills to the test and enter this year’s competition.

He said competing could be a stepping stone to joining the junior Culinary Team Wales.

“The Junior Chef of Wales contest provides the perfect platform for young chefs to demonstrate their skills and catch the eye of national team selectors. Previous winners have gone on to compete for Wales at all the major culinary competitions around the world.

“For example, the Junior Chef of Wales winner in 2013, Chris Tull, is captaining the junior Culinary Team Wales at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg next month.”

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