from the Celtic Manor Resort were crowned champions in the hotels and restaurants
category of a prestigious national culinary competition in London.
Celtic Manor team were also awarded silver medals after holding off strong
competition from Hertfordshire’s Grove Hotel at La Parade des Chefs, part of the
Hotelympia event at the ExCel Arena.
team of six chefs and one steward just missed out on the title of overall
Parade champions as the Combined Services emerged as the only gold medal
winners following four days of judging.
team was tasked with serving a three-course menu to 100 guests over a staggered
two-hour service. The team of 6 chefs had to deliver the menu to show judges,
diners and industry peers a true scenario of a realistic restaurant service.
also had to produce the menu following rigorous guidelines on costings. Team
captain Michael Bates, the Executive Head Chef at the Celtic Manor Resort,
It was a tough competition to deliver that sort of service in a strange
kitchen but we were very pleased with the food we managed to produce under
judges were very complimentary about our work ethic and commented that we had
“owned the kitchen”. We were up against a very strong team from The Grove so
winning our category was a fantastic achievement.
Mr Bates in the team were his fellow resort chefs Simon Crockford, Karl Jones
Hughes, Gavin McDonagh, Gareth Pembridge and Adam Whittle, as well as chief
steward Silvia Capelo.
Salon Culinaire Chef Director Steve Munkley said: “The Celtic Manor menu was
selected for La Parade des Chefs as it demonstrated a nicely balanced menu
which we felt would appeal to diners. It
also included some interesting flavour combinations, using in some cases very
humble ingredients, such as cauliflower, to produce a good-sounding dish demonstrating
a number of skills.”
a starter of cauliflower with langoustine and a main course of Welsh duck with
maple crackling, the Celtic Manor menu finished up with a dessert of chocolate,
raspberry and coconut.
Celtic Manor Resort has recently added three new restaurants to its impressive
portfolio – the fine-dining Epicure Experience by Richard Davies, Cen with 2013
MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen, and Steak on Six. For more information visit