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Welsh team has recipe for success.

Byline: SHEILA COLEMAN

WALES may not have a team in the soccer World Cup finals, but our chefs are busily preparing for their own World Cup - the Culinary World Cup which will be held in Luxembourg in November. For the first time chefs will be carrying the Welsh flag into competition rather than the Union Jack as representatives of Great Britain. The major leap forward for the chefs came last month when, after extensive lobbying, the Welsh National Culinary Association was allowed membership of the prestigious World Association of Cooks Societies (Wacs) at the 30th World Congress in Japan.

This means that the award-winning Welsh National Culinary Team can now compete at international level in its own right rather than as a region of the UK. The new status also means thatfor the first time Wales will have a junior culinary team which will make its debut alongside the senior team in Luxembourg.

Since its establishment in 1993, the association has seen brought together the finest chefs to promote and compete for Wales - it has 12 full-time members and seven support members from across Wales.

The team, sponsored by Taste of Wales, Welsh Lamb and Beef Promotions, Welsh Quality Meats, C&C Catering, W&P Foodservice and Caterplan, has cooked at major events and for heads of state, royalty, senior politicians and celebrities at events across the UK and abroad.

Association president and team manager Peter Jackson, of Hotel Maes-y-neuadd, Talsarnau, near Harlech, said ``This status will help us to raise further the profile of culinary expertise in Wales. I am also looking forward to setting up a junior team for the first time to encourage young chefs across Wales to compete on an international stage.''

A heated contestTHE Culinary World Cup is being held from November 16-20 alongside the International Trade Show for Gastronomy at the FIL Exhibition and Conference Center in Kichberg.

National, military, regional and youth teams, as well as individual chefs and pastry chefs will compete for the coveted cup, first won in 1986. Over 700 chefs and confectioners from 34 countries across Europe, Africa, America and Asia took part in the 1998 event.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2002
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