Welsh chef finals postponed due to Coronavirus

The finals of the 2020 National and Junior Chef of Wales competitions, which were due to have been held at Cardiff and Vale College City Campus in Cardiff on March 30 have been postponed for at least four months.

The decision to postpone the finals of Wales’ premier culinary contests was made on Monday by the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) following the latest Coronavirus advice from the Welsh and UK Governments.

“Due to the latest advice about gatherings of people and the spread of Coronavirus, we had no option but to postpone the finals,” said CAW president Arwyn Watkins. “Our first priority must be the safety of the finalists, judges and the people involved in delivering the event

“The association will not be organising any events for the next four months in view of the latest Coronavirus advice. Hopefully, we shall be able to rearrange the finals in the autumn.”

The National Chef of Wales finalists are: Wayne Barnard, 37, sous chef at Park House Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cardiff; former Junior Chef of Wales winner Andrew Tabberner, 27, Gaerwen Arms, Gaerwen, Anglesey; Joshua Hughes, 24, Signatures Restaurant, Aberconwy; Cyril Gabriel, 25, Carden Park, near Chester; last year’s finalist Sam Griffiths, 25, The Chester Grosvenor, Chester and former Culinary Team Wales member David Kelman, 44, Cowley Manor Hotel, Cowley, Cheltenham.

The Junior Chef of Wales finalists are: Ieuan Davies, 23, The Manor House, Castle Combe, Chippenham; Dalton Weir, 20, Home Cookin, Llandudno; Thomas Herbert, 22, Lucknam Park Hotel, Colerne, Chippenham; Lucy Alchin, 21, Cleverchefs, Cardiff; Thomas Martin, 23, freelance chef, South Wales; Harry Osbourne, 21, Deganwy Quay, Conwy and Oliver Thompson, 22, The Coffee Bean, Gaerwen.

Martin and Thompson are previous finalists.

Organised by the CAW, the competitions have Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s department representing the food and drink industry, as their main sponsor. Other sponsors include Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales, Churchill, Koppertcress and Friedr Dick Knives.

For more information, please contact Arwyn Watkins, Culinary Association of Wales president, on Tel: 01938 555893 or Duncan Foulkes, publicity officer, on Tel: 01686 650818.