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Welsh teams compete in Culinary World Cup

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Award winners: The senior Culinary Team Wales.

Award winners: The senior Culinary Team Wales.

TWO teams of Welsh chefs have completed their campaigns at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg with bronze medals. Both the senior and junior Culinary Team Wales competed in the ‘hot kitchen’ element of the prestigious contest on Saturday and presented their cold buffet tables yesterday (Tuesday). The senior team fi nished with two bronze medals while the junior team added a bronze to the silver medals won in the hot kitchen.

The competition, which is held every four years, attracts the best chefs in the world, with 30 national teams competing in the senior section with 15 in the junior section. Team manager Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park and a director of the Castle Hotel, Conwy, told The Herald: “Both are new teams and many of the chefs are competing on the world stage for the first time.

We tend to forget how big this competition is and the chefs can only benefi t from this experience. “The senior team has two members making their international debut and they are building for the future. They are disappointed with the bronze medals but they are also full of enthusiasm about what they need to do to compete with the best in the world in the future. “The whole junior team will be available for the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in two years’ time, so they have great potential.”

Because he was judging for the fi rst time at the Culinary World Cup, Mr Tinsley was unable to have a hands on role with the Welsh teams at the event. The Wales senior team is captained by Sally Owens, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo and includes Hefi n Roberts, head chef at Ye Olde Bull’s Head Inn, Beaumaris, Danny Burke, owner of Shared Olive, Hawarden, Maesteg-based Ryan Jones, creative development chef at Fei Foods Limited, Llansamlet, Simon Crockford, a head chef from the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and Leigh Marshall, head chef at the Castle Hotel, Conwy.

The support team includes Gareth Dwyer, a chef manager for Baxter Storey from Llanberis, Mark Jones, a self-employed chef now working for a family in London, Karl Jones- Hughes from the Celtic Manor Resort and Barry-born Lee Jeynes, executive chef at the RACV Noosa Resort in Queensland, Australia.

The junior team, which is coached by Michael Evans, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, is captained by Chris Tull, head chef of Signatures Restaurant, Aberconwy and includes Jonathan Pring and Ffi on Lewis from the Celtic Manor Resort, Jack Davidson, demi chef de partie at Coast, Saundersfoot and chef de partie Joe Jones and pastry chef Etienne Lasalle from Carden Park, near Chester. The teams are sponsored by the Welsh Government, Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales), Churchill, Friedr. Dick, Germany, Brakes and Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation

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MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event

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Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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