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South v North cook-off in Junior Chef of Wales final

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Andrew Tabberner: With judges Colin Gray (right) and Terry Woolcock.

NEXT month’s Junior Chef of Wales final will be battle between the north and south. Andrew Tabberner, 22, chef de partie at Coast Restaurant, Saundersfoot, clinched his place at the showpiece cook-off by winning the South Wales heat this Wednesday (14th) at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw. Joining him in the final from South Wales will be Vivienne Read from Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, who was one of two highest scoring runners up from the two heats.

North Wales will be represented by heat winner Sam Ricketts, 20, chef de partie at Signatures Restaurant, Conwy and Arron Tye from Shared Olive, Hawarden, highest scoring runner up. They will compete in the final cookoff at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on February 16, on the eve of the Welsh International Culinary Championships, with an exciting prize at stake.

Apart from claiming the coveted title of Junior Chef of Wales and the dragon trophy, the winner will also secure an all-expenses paid trip to represent Wales at the Junior Forum held at the World Association of Chefs’ Societies Congress in Athens, Greece in May 2016.

Organised every two years by the Culinary Association of Wales, the Junior Chef of Wales contest is sponsored by the Welsh Government to promote the Food and Drink Wales brand. In the heats, the chefs were given three hours to cook their own creative menu for a three course dinner for four persons, using a selection of Welsh products.

Andrew’s winning menu, which earned him a score of 89 points out of 100, was: starter: Mackerel three ways with cucumber and horseradish. Main course: cawl with Welsh Lamb fillet and sweetbread, garlic pomme puree, charred leek and confit garlic. Dessert: cinnamon pannacotta, gingerbread, star anise jelly, black pepper and vanilla caramel and mulled wine syrup.

“Over the moon” to win the heat, he thanked his head chef Will Holland and his family for their support and said he hoped to repeat the performance in the final. “The dishes I cooked in the competition are the sort of food that I love to eat,” he explained. “I have cooked them before but I gave them a twist. In practice, I plated up everything and my head chef gave me advice and feedback.

“It would be a massive achievement if I could win the competition.” Originally from Birmingham, Andrew fell in love with cooking at school and hopes to become a senior sous chef within the next five years. Culinary Association of Wales president Colin Gray praised the winner’s “very modern style with clean flavours” and said he had exhibited good skills.

“It was a very close competition with just six points separating the top three places and the overall standard was very good for junior chefs,” he added. “Judging by the scores from both heats, I think it’s going to be a tight final and we should be in for a very great competition.” The other South Wales heat contestants were: Benjamin Cooke from Brains, Cardiff and Ian McCormack from Coleg y Cymoedd.

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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Food Waste Heroes needed in Pembrokeshire

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TESCO’S Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.

The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level.

OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.

Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.

To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.

“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”

OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.

Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.

“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.

“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”

To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/

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