A Llanidloes chef will be competing for the first time in the National Chef of Wales final after being announced as one of the finalists for the country’s most prestigious culinary competition.

Jamie Tully, executive chef at Chartist 1770 at The Trewythen, will be up against top class chefs in the high quality contest including Llandudno’s Dalton Weir ne who is bidding to complete the double by winning the Junior and National Chef of Wales titles in successive years.

The National Chef of Wales final will take place on February 21 and 22 at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campus in Rhos-on-Sea, followed by an awards dinner on the evening of February 23 at The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno.

Arwyn Watkins OBE, The Culinary Association of Wales president, said: “We are delighted with the high calibre of entries in both competitions and can’t wait to see these talented chefs in action in the finalists.


“The finals provide a fantastic platform to showcase their skills in Wales’ premier competitions for chefs.”

Jamie must cook his own creative menu for a three-course dinner for 12 people within five hours, using a majority of Welsh ingredients. The starter must be suitable for vegans, the main course must use two different cuts of PGI Welsh Lamb and the dessert must feature seasonal fruits, an ice cream, chocolate and biscuit or tuille.

Other finalists include Dan Andree, head chef at Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich, Swansea; Sophie Rowe, chef de partie at Gaerwen Arms, Gaerwen, Anglesey; Matthew Owen, head chef at the Celtic Collection, Newport; David Williams, head chef at Cwm Gwendraeth, Llanelli and Dalton Weir, sous chef at The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno.

At stake in the National Chef of the Wales final is £500 for the winner, £300 for the runner-up and £200 for third place. The winner will also receive a set of engraved knives from Friedr Dick and £250 worth of Churchill products.

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