Celtic Manor Culinary Director Peter Fuchs has been
appointed as the new manager of the Culinary Team Wales.
Peter takes over from Graham Tinsley, executive chef
at Carden Park Hotel and Spa near Chester, who recently stood down from the
Born in Austria before beginning his career in Munich, Peter
was the Executive Chef at Celtic Manor when the Resort Hotel opened in 1999 and
was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage before leaving in 2004. He returned
to the resort in 2011.
In the intervening years he worked as Executive Chef at two
five-star hotels, the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at
Harrods, London, and at the Creta Maris Convention and Golf Resort in Crete.
It is not the first time that he has held a managerial
role with the Culinary Association of Wales, as he was manager of the first
national junior team formed by Wales to compete in the Culinary World Cup
in Luxembourg back in 2002.
Peter will now begin the process of selecting and preparing
the senior Welsh team for the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, next year.
He will work closely with junior team manager Michael Evans, a lecturer at Coleg
Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea. He said:
It’s a great honour and I am really excited and looking forward
to the challenge. I will be looking for chefs who have the commitment, drive
and fire in their belly to represent their country, which is the ultimate
honour. I am organising selection days when all chefs with a passion to
represent Wales will have a chance to bring their dishes to demonstrate their
skills and impress a team of judges. Wales has always done well in
international competitions and I am keen to move the team forward. Although I
am an Austrian by birth, I feel like an honorary Welshman as I have worked in
Wales for so long and love the country.
The selection days are at the Celtic Manor Resort on June 1
and at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, on June 15. All chefs interested in attending
are asked to contact Peter at email@example.com
Culinary Association of Wales president Arwyn Watkins
congratulated Mr Fuchs on his appointment and said he looked forward to working
closely with him to achieve success in international competitions and to raise
the profile of the association within Wales.