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Medal Glory for Hospitality Students in National Culinary Competition

Catering and Hospitality students scooped over 20 medals at The Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC) recently, held at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-On-Sea campus.

The Championships, sponsored by organisations such as Welsh Government’s ‘Food and Drink Wales’, and local businesses such as Castell Howell and Cambrian Training Company, saw Chefs from across Wales compete in a variety of contests.

The Coleg Llandrillo students accumulated 7 gold medals between them, in competitions ranging from Knife Skills to Soup making.

An impressive 13 silver medals were also awarded to Coleg Llandrillo learners for competitions including Restaurant Skills, Cooking a Dessert Flambe, Modern Dessert, and Creating, Preparing and Cooking Chicken for Saute.

Bronze and merit awards were also awarded to the Rhos-on-Sea based learners in Creating a Shellfish and Seafood Dish, as well as Fruit Cutting.

Yuliia Batrak, a Ukrainian refugee achieved a perfect 100% score in two skills competitions, and won the ‘Best in Class’ in ‘Knife Skills’ in vegetable and fruit cutting.

Other ‘Best in Class’ recognitions were awarded to Bryn Jones and Ameria Milner, for their ‘Preparation and Cooking of Chicken for Saute’, as well as Ceinwen Lloyd who was awarded for her magnificent Cold Dessert.

An Awards Dinner was also hosted at The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno, where further recognitions were presented to competitors by the judges, and President of the Culinary Association of Wales, Arwyn Watkins OBE.

Jay Rees, an FdA Culinary Arts student, won the ‘Best Commis in the National and Junior Chef of Wales’ Award, whilst Coleg Llandrillo was awarded with the prestigious ‘Best College’ Award.

Coleg Llandrillo’s students were also recognised for their hygiene performance throughout the competitions, and won Ecolab’s ‘Best Hygiene Overall’ Award, too.

Glenydd Hughes, Hospitality Tutor at Coleg Llandrillo, said,

“The students who took part in the Culinary Championships were fantastic and worked very hard to prepare - we are very proud of them! The competition provides great experience for the learners, and provides an opportunity to gain confidence and to fine tune their skills in the kitchen and restaurant”.