Manor chefs formed the nucleus of a South Wales team which won the Battle for
the Dragon contest at the Welsh International Culinary Championships.
matched some of the best chefs in the three regions of Wales, with the South
defeating their counterparts from North and Mid Wales, who were the defending
Each team was challenged
to prepare a three course meal for 75 people, using mainly Welsh, seasonal
ingredients, at the three-day annual celebration of culinary skills.hosted by
Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea.
The South Wales
team, which was awarded gold medals, was captained by Celtic Manor Resort executive
head chef Michael Bates.He said:
introduced two new chefs to the competition this year and the team gelled
amazingly well and worked in harmony. We approached it like a restaurant
service and we all really enjoyed it, which is important. We were criticised
for slow service last year but this time everything went like clockwork and all
the courses were served in one hour and 20 minutes.
joined in the wining team by three Celtic Manor colleagues, head chef Simon
Crockford, pastry chef Karl Jones Hughes and demi chef Ffion Lewis, as well as Kieran
Harry, head chef at Cardiff’s Chapel 1877 and Nick Collins, senior development chef
for the National Contract Caterer Catering Academy.
They cooked a starter of cod cheek,
brassica, potted brown shrimp wonton, sweetcorn, tomato caviar and coriander
foam. Main course was Welsh Lamb loin, spiced vegetable and chickpea
pudding, lamb bon bon, pickled anchovy and aubergine puree, salt bake beetroot,
baby carrot, wild garlic gremolata orzo, lamb jus. Dessert was Caldey Island
chocolate marquise, iced white chocolate and orange parfait, milk fritter
infused with rhubarb and ginger liquor, salted macadamia, cookie crumble and
scorched ginger meringue.
The team will
now showcase the winning menu at a special dinner at Cardiff’s Chapel 1877 on
Sunday 12th April. Tickets are priced £30 with £5 going to Velindre
Organised by the Culinary
Association of Wales, the Battle for the Dragon contest is one of the showpiece
events at the championships, the main sponsors of which are the Welsh
Government and Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales.