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Two local chefs in Wales culinary finals

Created on 28/11/2016 @ 11:18
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A chef from one of the area’s local restaurants and pubs is a finalist in the 2017 National Chef of the Year competition while another will be competing in the Junior Chef of the Year.

Matthew Smith from The Nags Head at Garthmyl will be pitting his culinary skills against six other finalists from throughout Wales.

James Corbett from The Elephant and Castle in Newtown will be competing against three other junior chefs.

Both competitions, taking place in February next year, are organised by the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) and main sponsor is Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s department representing the food and drink industry.

Apart from the kudos of being named best in Wales, the winners of the junior final will automatically go through to the UK semi-finals of the Junior Chef of the Year contest and senior final winner will be encouraged to represent Wales in the UK National Chef of the Year contest.

CAW president Arwyn Watkins praised the quality of entries for both competitions. “We have decided to make Thursday the National Chef of Wales day at the Welsh International Culinary Championships,” he said.

“Due to the calibre of entries, we felt it would be an injustice not to have all seven chefs competing in the final, so we decided to split the final into two heats. It’s also great to see three members of the senior Culinary Team Wales and two members of the junior team stepping up as individuals to compete in the finals, which will showcase the culinary talent that the nation has.”

Photo: James Corbett from The Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown.

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