The search is on for senior and junior chefs with the skills, passion and dedication to represent Wales at top culinary competitions around the globe.
The Culinary Association of Wales is seeking chefs capable of winning gold medals against the best in the world who will be great ambassadors for their home country.
Chefs who fit the bill and would like to compete for a place in either the senior and junior Culinary Team Wales are being invited to attend selection days at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on June 1 and at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on June 15.
To be eligible, chefs must either work within Wales or have been born in the country. All chefs interested in attending the selection days are asked to contact new senor team manager Peter Fuchs, culinary director at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, on email@example.com
Mr Fuchs and junior team coach Michael Evans from Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, are recruiting team members to represent Wales at the Culinary Olympics in Germany 2016 and at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg 2018.
“I am looking for chefs who have the commitment, drive and fire in their belly to represent their country, which is the ultimate honour,” said Mr Fuchs. “The selection days will provide an opportunity for chefs to bring their dishes to demonstrate their skills and impress a team of judges.
“My task is to get a strong team together and to set some priorities and standards. Wales has always done well in international competitions and I am keen to move the team forward.
“To be considered for selection, chefs must have the skills, dedication and commitment required to be successful at international level as well as the support of their employer, as they will need to attend training weekends in preparation for the competitions.
“We have a lot of hard work in front of us because our next competition is the Culinary Olympics, which is very demanding, but I think this is a very exciting opportunity for chefs in Wales.”
New Culinary Association of Wales president Arwyn Watkins aims to raise the profile of the association within Wales by achieving success in international competitions.
He said the association would be seeking specialist coaching expertise from within and outside Wales to support both the senior and junior team managers and give the teams every chance of success on the international stage.
“There can be no greater honour than representing your country in a competition against the best in the world,” he said. “That’s the size of the opportunity that is being offered to chefs who either work in Wales or were born here.
“It is becoming clear that our aspiration has to be to achieve a position in the top 15 during this cycle of competitions to secure direct entry into some of the most prestigious world competitions for our senior and junior chefs.”