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Chef Competitions Reach Finals at Culinary Championships

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This year’s Welsh International Culinary Championships reaches its climax tomorrow (Thursday) after four days of competitions a Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea.

The final day of the popular championships sees the culmination of the Battle for the Dragon contest between Wales, Austria and Italy and the final of the National Chef of Wales contest.

The winners of these competitions and the Junior Chef of Wales final, which was held on Monday, will be announced at the awards dinner at the Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno tomorrow night.

wcc-dragon-trophy-wales-team-1Around 300 chefs and waiting staff have been competing at the WICC, which are organised by the Culinary Association of Wales and are open to the public free of charge. Main sponsor is Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s department representing the food and drink industry.

The Battle for the Dragon contest has seen Wales compete on Tuesday, Austria today (Wednesday) and Italy on into the kitchen tomorrow. Each team is tasked with preparing and cooking a three-course meal for 90 people under the supervision of a panel of international chefs. The winner will receive the coveted dragon trophy.

The National Chef of Wales Final will be divided into two heats and sees Culinary Team Wales colleagues Simon Crockford from the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and Jason Hughes from Chateau Rhianfa, Menai Bridge compete against Matthew Smith, of Star chef consultants, Thomas Westerland from Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, near Bath, a beaten finalist last year, Matthew Ramsdale from The Chester Grosvenor and Anthony Bush from Heronston Hotel, Bridgend.

The victor will win an all-expenses paid, one week culinary trip to the Netherlands courtesy of Koppertcress, which includes an ‘inspirational day’ with a cress coach, a set of knives courtesy of Dick Knives, £250 worth of products from Churchill China and Gourmet Classic shopping vouchers. He will also be encouraged to represent Wales in the UK National Chef of the Year contest.

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