Wales’ premier hospitality skills event launches Green Chef Challenge

A brand new competition has been launched by the Culinary Association of Wales to find the best green chef team in the United Kingdom.

The final of the Green Chef Challenge, sponsored by Compass Cymru, will be held at the Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC) taking place on January 22-24, 2024 at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), Newport.

Open to all UK-based chefs, the competition is for teams of two, comprising a senior chef and a commis chef under the age of 25. They will be challenged to create a three course, predominantly vegetable-based menu for six guests in three hours.

The courses include a taco style starter using pointed cabbage, chickpeas and thyme, a main course using potatoes, wild mushrooms and leek and a dessert using pears, lemon verbena and white chocolate.

The final will be held on the third day of the WICC, January 24, and finalists will be chosen from the menus they submit with their application form, which is available at The cost to enter is £30 and the closing date is January 15.

CAW president Arwyn Watkins, OBE, said: “We have decided to introduce the Green Chef Challenge competition because of the growing demand for vegetable-based meals across the UK.

“This will be an opportunity for talented young chefs across the UK to showcase their skills and creativity in developing flavour-packed dishes for a three course menu at Wales’ premier hospitality event.”

The WICC, which was previously held in North Wales, brings together craft chefs, craft butchers and front of house staff to compete in three days of competitions. The event will be open and free of charge to the public and hospitality trade.

Organised by the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW), the 2024 WICC will also be holding the National and Junior Chef of Wales, Welsh Craft Butcher of the Year finals and a wide range of WICC skills classes as well as hosting the Skills Competition Wales hospitality finals.

Climax of the WICC is a black-tie Industry Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, January 24, which will showcase the best Welsh food and drink. Tickets are now on sale via for the dinner costing £1,000 for tables of 12 or £100 for individuals.

The WICC’s headline sponsors are the Welsh Government, Castell Howell, Hybu Cig Cymru / Meat Promotion Wales, ICC Wales, Cambrian Training Company, Kentaur, Churchill, MCS Technical Products, Roller Grill, Radnor Hills, Dick Knifes, Cygnet Gin, Capital Cuisine and Ecolab.


Notes for Editors:

WICC headline competitions:

Monday 22nd January from 12.30pm
National Chef of Wales
Three-course meal featuring a vegan starter, Welsh Lamb main course and dessert featuring Denbigh plumbs – Tickets £30 per person

Tuesday 23rd January from 4pm
Junior Chef of Wales
Two-course meal featuring a vegetarian starter and Welsh Beef main course – Tickets £20 per person

Wednesday 24th January from 4.30pm
Green Chef of Wales
Three-course meal predominantly vegetable-based – Tickets £30 per person

Skills Competition Wales – Restaurant Service
Two-course meal featuring chicken main course and dessert and glass of wine – Tickets £10 per person.

Entries for all WICC classes – – close on Monday, January 15, 2024.

For more information, please contact Arwyn Watkins, Culinary Association of Wales President, on Tel: 01938 555893 or Duncan Foulkes, Public Relations Advisor, on Tel: 01686 650818.