A former Hospitality and Catering student from Coleg Menai dedicated to celebrating Welsh produce on his menus has been chosen to represent Wales in the final of the BBC's hit cookery competition, the Great British Menu.
Of all the cookery competitions on our screens, Great British Menu is arguably the crème de la crème. Every year, the series boasts a line-up of contestants comprising the nation's most exciting chefs, with the recent edition being no exception. This year marks 150 years since the death of Charles Dickens, whose novel Oliver Twist marked the first book in English to feature a child in the titular role and as protagonist, and Great British Menu is marking the occasion by celebrating children's literature.
Competing this year is head chef and director at the Michelin-starred Beach House Restaurant on the Gower Peninsula, Hywel Griffith, who began his journey at Coleg Menai's Hospitality and Catering department in Bangor before heading to work at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Since then, he has worked alongside prominent chefs including Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, Shane Hughes at Ynyshir Hall, Paul Heathcote at Longridge Restaurant and Steven Smith at Freemasons.
In the penultimate regional final of the BBC competition, Hywel Griffith and fellow Welsh chef Tom Phillips battled it out for a place in the final and the chance to represent their country at the prestigious Great British Menu banquet. The chefs treated the judges to six courses based on children's literature, with Hywel emerging victorious, having blown away judges Oliver Peyton, Matthew Port and Andi Oliver, and guest judge and actor David Bradley, with his creations.
Hywel will now represent Wales in the final week of the competition as one of eight finalists, all of whom will be competing to get a dish to the final banquet, scheduled to take place on 15th May at Exeter College, Oxford - the city that inspired Phillip Pullman, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carroll.
We wish him the best of luck in the finals next week!
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