THE THREE-DAY Welsh International Culinary Championships (WICC) is set to return in February next year.

The event will be held from February 22-24 at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campus in Rhos-on-Sea and will run alongside the National and Junior Chef of Wales contests.  

The event includes competitions to suit every level of experience, covering omelettes to Welsh Lamb, vegetable cuts to Ultimate Cupcakes. In addition, the WICC plays host to the Major International Challenge and, for the first time, the Riso Gallo Young Risotto Chef Challenge.

The competitions for chefs and front of house learners traditionally attract students from colleges across Wales and England.

A young chef competing under the watchful eyes of judges at a previous Welsh International Culinary Championships.

Entries for all the WICC competitions, including the National and Junior Chef of Wales contests, must be received by January 31, 2022. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) website https://www.culinaryassociation.wales/competitions.

Organised by the Culinary Association of Wales, the WICC’s main sponsor is Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s department representing the food and drink industry.

Other sponsors include Castel Howell, Churchill, Major International, Riso Gallo, Dick Knives, MCS Tech Products, Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Winners of the showpiece competitions will be announced at a presentation dinner at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campus in Rhos-on-Sea on Thursday night, February 24.

Arwyn Watkins, CAW president, said: “The Welsh International Culinary Championships is the perfect place for all these culinary competitions to come together in one place.

“After the challenges of the past two years, we are looking forward to putting on a fantastic event to showcase the rich talent and skills within the hospitality industry.

“I welcome the co-operation and collaboration by all the competitions’ organisers, sponsors and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.”