Resort Head Chef Simon Crockford will bid for a national title when he competes in the final of the Welsh Chef of the Year competition.
Simon, who oversees all eight restaurants at Celtic Manor, was selected as a finalist after submitting his menu of Scorched Mackerel and Cured Swansea Bay Skate, Pembrokeshire Free Range Chicken and Carmarthenshire Chocolate Mousse to judges.
He will have three hours to cook the three-course meal for four people when the final takes place at Coleg Llandrillo near Llandudno on Thursday 23rd February.
Simon has competed in many international competitions including the Culinary Olympics as part of the Wales National Culinary Team and he has also mentored younger chefs in the Junior Chef of the Year competition, but this is the first time he has entered the senior contest.
"I decided to take a step away from competing for the Wales team this year," said Simon. "Then I realised I would really like to have a go at the Welsh Chef of the Year competition.
"I'm delighted to reach the final and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of cooking under pressure. My menu is inspired by my upbringing in West Wales and I'm proud to be using some fantastic Welsh ingredients.
"I'm taking a bit of a risk cooking chicken as my main course as Welsh lamb or beef is the usual choice but it's my take on a roast chicken dinner and I hope it will go down well."
Simon has worked his way up through the ranks in the Celtic Manor kitchens to his current senior role and says the Resort offers fantastic opportunities to not only train and progress as a chef but also compete in prestigious events like Welsh Chef of the Year.
If you're interested in applying to follow in Simon's footsteps and become a chef at Celtic Manor, view the latest vacancies here.