Celtic Manor's Executive Head Chef Mike Bates has been selected to represent Wales at a major international cooking contest in Denmark this summer.
Mike will compete against the best chefs in Northern Europe at the continental semi-final of The Global Chefs Challenge in Aalborg on June 5 and 6.
The winner of the competition will represent Northern Europe in the world final to be held at the Worldchefs Congress 2016 in Athens. The prestigious competition is organised by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and Mike will be representing the Culinary Association of Wales.
In the semi-final he will have three hours to cook a three course meal for six people. Mike said:
It’s a great honour to be asked to represent your country on the European stage and I am looking forward to the competition, I am in the process of choosing the dishes that I’m going to cook and I shall then perfect them before the competition. I like to cook with ingredients that are in season and my food is primarily based on the flavour rather than the way it looks.
Mike plans to seek guidance from his Celtic Manor colleague, Culinary Director Peter Fuchs, who is a WACS accredited judge, but he himself is no stranger to culinary competitions. He won the European Spa Chef of the Year in 2001 and the coveted ‘Chef Skills/Mentor’ award in 2007. He was also a Welsh Chef of the Year finalist in 2000 and 2014, twice winner of the South Wales Chef of the Year and has competed with the Culinary Team Wales around the world.
Mike oversees the chef teams in all six restaurants at the Celtic Manor Resort as well as the Conference & Banqueting kitchens.