Welsh foodies in for a treat as countries serve up Culinary Olympics dishes

Chefs in action in last year’s Battle for the Dragon contest.

Welsh foodies are in for a treat in the next month when they get a rare opportunity to sample dishes which talented chefs representing Wales, England and Scotland will be serving up at the Culinary Olympics later this year.

The three homes nations will go head to head in the kitchen at the Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC), hosted by Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay from February 15-18.


The countries clash in the Battle for the Dragon contest over three days and foodies will have a chance to sample each team’s dishes at lunchtime. Wales opens the contest on Tuesday, February 16, followed by England on Wednesday and Scotland on Thursday.


“It will be the first opportunity for each of the teams to practise their dishes for the Culinary Olympics in Germany in October,” said Arwyn Watkins, Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) president. “National pride will also be at stake in the Battle for the Dragon contest, so the pressure will be on.


“It’s a fantastic chance for people who enjoy fine dining to sample dishes prepared by the best chefs in Wales, England and Scotland. It should be an exciting contest and a great showcase for culinary skills in the UK.”


Tickets for each Battle for the Dragon lunch cost £23 or £21 each when booking all three and are available from Sarah Williams, marketing officer at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, who can be contacted on Tel: 01492 542 322.


The WICC brings together the very best culinary skills and food and drink products that Wales has to offer for four days of quality competitions. The mouthwatering event is packed with exciting competitions for learner, junior and senior chefs and waiting staff.


Organised by the CAW, the WICC has Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s department representing the food and drink industry, as its main sponsor.


This year, for the first time, both the National Chef of Wales and Junior Chef of Wales contests, which have traditionally been held on alternate years, are being held at the WICC. The junior chefs open the event on February 15 and the senior contest brings the curtain down on February 18.


The growing popularity of baking, sugarcraft and cake decorating is reflected in the Cake Cymru show, with entries expected from across Wales and England for the show.


New and exciting WICC classes include hot soufflés, Spanish inspired dishes, innovative Welsh Lamb and cocktail making, to name but a few. Download the WICC class schedule fromwww.welshculinaryassociation.com.