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21st June 2013

Immediate: June 21,

2013 Award winning Welsh chefs plan to take ‘caviar’ from Wales to serve at a VIP reception in to Russia linked to the Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament. Four members of the Welsh National Culinary Team will fly to Moscow to prepare food for 150 invited guests at the reception on June 28, which is hosted by the British Ambassador to Russian and attended by Edwina Hart, Wales’ Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

Wales are the defending champions of the Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament The chefs will prepare canapés and a buffet comprising main dishes, desserts and cheese, which showcase Wales the True Taste award winning food and drink ingredients.

One of the dishes that will be served up is ‘Welsh caviar’, which is produced by injecting pureed lavabread into a solution that creates caviar-like droplets that burst with flavour when eaten.

“A lot of chefs use the same method to create fruit drops, but we thought it would be a nice twist use lavabread and to take Welsh caviar to Russia,” explained team manager Graham Tinsley, executive chef at De Vere Carden Park near Chester.

“It will be the first time that our chefs have been to Russia and we are really looking forward to the new experience. It’s an honour to represent Wales and the Welsh Government and a great opportunity to promote quality Welsh food and drinks and the nation’s culinary skills.”

Joining him on the flight to Moscow will be Colin Gray, director of Capital Cuisine, Cardiff, Kurt Fleming, executive chef at ffresh Restaurant, Cardiff and Mike Evans, tutor at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos on Sea. The Welsh Government is arranging a series of activities to help Welsh businesses to capitalise on trade opportunities for a range of Welsh products and services in Russia. Representatives of Welsh food and drink companies will also attend the reception as part of the Welsh Government’s trade mission.

The Welsh National Culinary Team is sponsored by the Welsh Government, Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales), C&C Catering Equipment Ltd, Brakes, Unilever Food Solutions UK, Villeroy and Boch and Friedr. Dick, Germany.

For more information please contact Graham Tinsley, Welsh National Culinary Team manager, on 07765 404950 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations consultant, on 01686 650818


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