A teenage student chef who previously gained a work placement in a Michelin-starred restaurant and supported the Wales team at the Culinary World Cup, recently won gold and silver medals, at two different competitions, in one week!
19-year-old Dalton Weir from Mochdre, who juggles his studies at Coleg Llandrillo with working at Watson's Bistro in Conwy, initially scooped the gold medal at the national Skills Competition Wales competition in Cardiff in the 'Fine Culinary Arts' category. Days later, he travelled to Bournemouth to compete at the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards competition, where he won the silver medal, missing out on another gold by one point! He is now aiming for a place in the Junior Welsh National Culinary Team.
At the Skills Competition Wales finals, Dalton, whois studying on the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Advanced Professional Cookery at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, and the other five finalists had to create a three-course menu using ingredients from a mystery black box.
The ex-Ysgol John Bright pupil's gold medal-winning menu comprised a starter of 'Mackerel Tartare', followed by a main course of 'Duo of Pork' and dessert of a 'Trio of Apples'.
At the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards competition, Dalton's fish dish comprised horseradish, beetroot and mackerel. He then had to undertake an observation test (using taste and sight to identify a range of unusual ingredients) and an overall skills test, before getting the opportunity to impress judges with his signature dish: Chicken Chasseur.
I am absolutely delighted to have won two medals in as many days at national competitions. It was quite an intensive few days of competition, but in the end, thoroughly worthwhile.
One of Dalton's tutors at Coleg Llandrillo, Brian Hansen, said:
We are thrilled with Dalton's continuing successes. Recognition at competitions on a regional, national and international stage is great for our students' CVs. There extra-curricula activities are part of the ethos of the college. We at college all agree that he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Dalton has been interested in cookery from a young age after taking the subject at school. His list of competitive achievements since enrolling at college is impressive: he won Gold in the 'Street Food' category at last year's Welsh International Culinary Championships; qualified for the final of the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition; represented Wales at the Future Talents competition in Holland and was among the Welsh team that took part in the acclaimed Toque D'or competition at The Dorchester Hotel in London.
The college was recently awarded an 'excellent' by Estyn for its Hospitality and Catering provision.
For more information on our courses in Hospitality and Catering, please visit: www.gllm.ac.uk/hospitality
or call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.