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A Message from Continental Director North Europe – Neil Thomson

Please do not just take it from me that you should support Wales in the final ballot to host WorldChefs Congress 2024 which will be held at the E General Meeting on the 15th August 2020

Chef Neil Thompson has demonstrated to us all the need to share the rich larder of Wales. We want to share with you our World-class Beef, Lamb, Seafood, dairy products and spring water. Can there be any better endorsement for a Welsh Whiskey from a Scottish man? Come and enjoy these products and meet the wonderful Chefs that work with them.

Make History a first for the United Kingdom Congress 2024 a Congress for Europe hosted in Wales.

Pasture. Passion. Plate 

 

A message from Chef Domenico Maggi

Please do not just take it from me that you should support Wales in the final ballot to host WorldChefs Congress 2024 which will be held at the E General Meeting on the 15th August 2020

Chef Domenico Maggi has demonstrated to us all the need to take care and develop the future generations by committing to a sustainable food production creating an emotional connection with food.

We have that at the heart of our Congress ambition.

Make History a first for the United Kingdom Congress 2024 a Congress for Europe hosted in Wales.

Pasture. Passion. Plate 

 

Arwyn Watkins OBE
President
Culinary Association of Wales

WALES IS WAITING FOR YOU

 

Blas Cymru – Taste of Wales

Bringing you a Taste of Wales is a key theme in our bid to host the Worldchefs Congress and Expo in 2024 and we will take every opportunity to show you the culinary delights on offer.

We will deliver a dazzling showcase of our finest produce when we stage the bi-annual Blas Cymru – Taste Wales exhibition alongside the Worldchefs Congress in 2024, should our bid be successful.

This exciting event will give you the chance to meet our passionate producers, and it will give them a fantastic boost to learn from so many of the world’s leading chefs.

We want you to Taste Wales in 2024, please vote for Team Wales!

Thank you

Arwyn Watkins OBE
President
Culinary Association of Wales

WALES IS WAITING FOR YOU

 

A passion brought to life

Here in Wales, we are passionate about our food and you can see this devotion shining through the people who work with our amazing produce.

From the farmers and fishermen who harvest our bountiful pastures and coastlines, to the creative chefs who season these riches with a generous dash of inspiration, food is at the heart and soul of our communities.

The passion that takes us on a journey from the pasture to the plate is what makes our Welsh welcome especially warm… and we can’t wait to share it with the culinary world.

Thank you

Arwyn Watkins OBE
President
Culinary Association of Wales

WALES IS WAITING FOR YOU

The Prince of Wales supports nation’s bid to host global culinary event in 2024

Wales just one ballot away from hosting global culinary event in 2024

Wales is just one more ballot away from bringing the culinary world to the nation in 2024 by hosting the Worldchefs Congress and Expo.

Wales now needs to win the third and final ballot against Singapore at the general meeting on the 15th August 2020 to host the Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2024 at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), Newport. This major culinary event attracts around 1,000 chefs and between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors from around the globe.

A Team Wales approach has been adopted for the bid, with the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) supported by ICC Wales, the Celtic Manor Resort and the Welsh Government.

Mr Watkins said: “Whilst we are delighted with the level of support that Wales has received from Worldchefs presidents across Europe, we must empathise with Russia who would have been hosting the Worldchefs Congress in July/August had it not been for the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We thank all the European presidents who supported Wales in the first and second ballet and hope that the whole of Europe will now get behind us in the third ballot. Never has winning a Worldchefs Congress gone through so many votes.

“To have secured such support from European presidents against the backdrop of the Brexit vote is appreciated greatly and is due to the absolute respect that they have for Wales. We are very open, transparent and welcoming and have a proven track record of delivering Worldchefs events.

“We hosted a successful European Congress in 2017 and a Worldchefs board meeting last summer at the Celtic Manor Resort which I believe has worked in our favour. We have consistently delivered on our promises, including showcasing Welsh food and drink in the Worldchefs Village at the Culinary Olympics and Culinary World Cup.”

As the third round ballot will involve Worldchefs presidents from around the globe, Team Wales has a couple of busy months ahead lobbying for votes.

Mr Watkins thanked chefs from all UK nations and Ireland for supporting Wales’ bid. “All the home nations will be part of the Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2024 if we win it for Wales and it’s going to need the whole of the UK to get behind us,” he said.

“Winning the final vote would mean that the Worldchefs Congress in Wales would be the topic of conversation for the next four years because the culinary world will be coming to Wales 2024.”

ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort chief executive Ian Edwards said: “We are delighted to secure this backing from the European presidents and progress to the final stage of voting in this exciting bid to bring the Worldchefs Congress and Expo to Wales in 2024.

“We have forged strong ties with Worldchefs and are excited that they can now see the potential of our fantastic new venue at ICC Wales. We will keep our fingers crossed that the strong bid presented by Team Wales will see us clear the final hurdle this summer.

“Our culinary philosophy is a big part of what we do at ICC Wales and hosting this prestigious event would be a brilliant opportunity to showcase Wales’ wealth of produce as well as our growing food and drink industry to an international audience.”

Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, said: “During difficult times such as these, it is very pleasing to note that Wales has maintained its international reputation for culinary excellence, and that our chefs continue to maintain their world-leading stature. They are a credit to the Welsh food and drink sector, and it is no surprise Wales is one ballot away from winning.

“While the ongoing pandemic has meant many events worldwide have been cancelled, we continue to look towards events which may be hosted in Wales in the future – and that is why I wish Wales every luck as we approach the next ballot on who will host the 2024 Worldchefs Congress and Expo.”