chef at the Celtic Manor Resort is preparing to make his
international debut for Wales at the
Culinary World Cup this month.
Simon Crockford can’t wait to
compete for his country against the best chefs in the world at the prestigious
competition in Luxembourg from
Thirty national teams will be competing and Simon
is hoping to return with
gold medals. He said:
You work all your career to get to this stage and it’s
like being chosen for Wales in football or rugby to compete at the World Cup
finals. It’s a great honour to be picked for our country and I’m a
proud Welshman. I can’t think of anything better.
Simon is joined in the senior Welsh team by captain
Sally Owens, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo, Danny Burke, owner of Shared Olive, Hawarden, Ryan Jones, creative development chef at
Fei Foods Limited, Llansamlet, and Leigh Marshall, head chef at the Castle Hotel, Conwy.
The team of chefs held a practice recently when they ran through their World Cup menu at a special dinner hosted by Celtic Manor. Simon added:
The more trials we have done, the more it has sunk in
how important this competition is. I love working with the team because it’s all
about cooking and the food.
When you take step back and consider what has just
happened, it feels unreal. Here am I, a guy from the small fishing town of Tenby
and all of a sudden I’m going to Luxembourg to compete with 12 of the best chefs
in Wales against the world’s top teams.
I just need to keep my feet on the ground and stay
focused. I want to make sure that I perform well and keep my place in the
senior and junior Culinary Team Wales will be in action in the hot kitchen on
the first day of the World Cup and will prepare a cold buffet display on the
Simon’s workmates from the chefs’ brigade at Celtic Manor, Jonathan Pring and
have also been selected in the junior Culinary Team Wales to compete at the
Culinary World Cup, while Resort pastry chef Karl
Jones-Hughes will be part of the support team.
Now sponsored by Villeroy & Boche,he first ever Culinary World Cup took place in 1972,
created by the Vatel Club Luxembourg, the Grand-Duchy’s association of
professional chefs. This year, more than 2,000 chefs and pastry chefs from more
than 100 teams across the globe will be taking part in different categories of
teams are sponsored by the Welsh Government, Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion
Wales), Churchill, Friedr. Dick, Germany, Brakes and Coleg Llandrillo,