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Cooks' world chief to judge our chefs.

THE president of an organisation representing chefs worldwide will visit Wales next week to judge at the nation's premier culinary event.

Siegfried Schaber, president of the World Association of Cooks' Societies (WACS), will attend the Welsh International Salon Culinaire in Llandudno.

It will be one of his last duties before he completes his four-year term of office. The highlight of the competitions he will be judging is the prestigious National Chef of Wales Final on Wednesday. The winner will receive pounds 1,000 and a trophy.

Contesting the final will be Nick Walton, 34, from Cross Lanes Country House Hotel, Marchwiel,Dermott Slade, 32, of Sketty Hall,Swansea,Sean Cullingford, 31,of Lake Country House, Llangammarch Wells and Gareth Dwyer, 24, sous chef at the Castle Hotel, Conwy.

Joining WACS in 2002 gave the Welsh Culinary Association national status for the first time. This allows the senior and junior Welsh teams to enter competitions around the globe, culminating in the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany this October. The senior team is currently ranked 13th in the world.

Entries for the Welsh International Salon Culinaire, which is open to the public at the North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre,are already up on last year.

Over the three days, there will also be hot and cold food competitions for learner,junior and senior chefs, static exhibition classes and junior and open grand prix, which involve teams of three cooking a three-course meal for four from the mystery contents of a black box.

Entry forms for all the classes are available from Sally Owens, 4 Bryn Hafod, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL285YJ.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2004
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