BOOK YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO SAMPLE BATTLE FOR DRAGON DISHES
January 10, 2014
Foodies wishing to sample dishes cooked by Wales’ finest chefs at next month’s Battle for the Dragon contest in North Wales are being urged to book their tickets quickly.
Regional pride will be a stake as teams from North, Mid and South Wales put their culinary skills to the test on consecutive days at this year’s contest, which is held during the Welsh International Culinary Championships hosted by Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea from February 25-27.
North Wales begin the contest on Tuesday, February 25 by cooking a three-course lunch for 90 people featuring Welsh Beef as the main course. Mid Wales are next in the kitchen on Wednesday, cooking Welsh Lamb as the main course and South Wales complete the line-up, on February 27, cooking Welsh pork as the main course.
The team captains are Toby Beevers (North), co-owner of Kokonoir, Broughton, Michael Bates (South), executive head chef at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and chef patron at White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi and Nick Davies (Mid), chef owner of the Lion Hotel, Llandinam.
Their dishes will be served up to diners in the college’s Orme View Restaurant on each of the three days. Tickets for each lunch cost £23 or £21 each when booking all three and are available from Jane Cater, assistant director of marketing and communications at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, who can be contacted on Tel: 01492 542305.
It’s a big year for Welsh chefs with places in the Welsh National Culinary Team for the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg in November at stake. The team returned with gold medals from the Dubai World Hospitality Championship last November, where they finished fourth in a new contest entered by a dozen of the world’s top culinary teams.
The Culinary Association of Wales has broken with tradition this year by inviting three regional teams from Wales to compete in the Battle for the Dragon and to showcase the best of Welsh cuisine, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. In previous years, two international teams have been invited to compete against Wales in the contest.
Recognised by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies, the Battle for the Dragon contest attracts top class international judges and is one of the showpiece events at the Welsh International Culinary Championships. Organised by the Culinary Association of Wales, the championships are sponsored jointly by the Welsh Government, Unilever Food Solutions and Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales.
The mouthwatering three-day event, which is open to the public free of charge, is designed to celebrate the nation’s culinary skills and rich variety of quality food. The popular event is packed with exciting competitions for learner, junior and senior chefs and waiting staff from across Wales and England.
Another feature of the championships is Cake Cymru, a competition for sugarcraft and cake decorating competitors from across the UK.
Coleg Llandrillo is also the venue for the National Chef of Wales contest on the eve of the championships, Monday, February 24. The four best chefs selected from the North and South Wales heats will compete for £3,000 prizemoney.
The four finalists are given three hours to cook a three-course dinner for four, using a ‘black box’ of ingredients predominantly produced in Wales. The chefs will be shown the contents of the box the night before the contest and they must then devise their menu.
The victor will receive £2,000 prizemoney, a trophy and the coveted title of best chef in Wales. The runner up receives £1,000.
Colin Gray, Culinary Association of Wales president, said he hoped members of the public would take the opportunity to visit the National Chef of Wales final and the championships over four days to view the high level culinary skills on display.
“This annual event provides the perfect platform to showcase the rich culinary skills and emerging talent that we have within Wales,” he added. “We also look forward to welcoming competitors from colleges across England, which adds the international flavour to the championships. It’s an event not to be missed.”
For more information visit www.welshculinaryassociation.com.
Judges put dishes through the taste test at last year’s Welsh International Culinary Championships.
David Kelman in action for the Welsh National Culinary Team at last year’s Battle for the Dragon contest.
One of the desserts created during last year’s Junior Chef of Wales final.