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New manager for Culinary Team Wales

Peter Fuchs: New manager of Culinary Team Wales
Peter Fuchs: New manager of
Culinary Team Wales

AN ‘HONORARY WELSHMAN’ who has worked at some of the world’s top hotels has been appointed as the new manager of the Culinary Team Wales.

Peter Fuchs, culinary director at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, takes over from Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park Hotel and Spa near Chester, who recently stood down from the role.

Mr Fuchs, who was born in Austria and began his career in Munich, was the executive chef of Celtic Manor Resort when it opened in 1999 and was promoted to director of food and beverage before leaving in 2004. He returned to the resort in 2011.

In the intervening years he worked as executive chef at two five-star hotels, the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at Harrods, London and at the Creta Maris Convention and Golf resort in Crete.

It’s not the first time that he has held a managerial role with Culinary Association of Wales, as he was manager of the first national junior team formed by Wales to compete in the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg back in 2002.

Mr Fuchs will now begin the process of selecting and preparing the Culinary Team Wales for the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany next year. He will work closely with junior team manager Michael Evans, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea.

Speaking about his appointment at a Culinary Association of Wales meeting in Welshpool yesterday (Wednesday), he said: “It’s a great honour and I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge. We have a lot of hard work in front of us because our next competition is the Culinary Olympics, which is very demanding.

I will be looking for chefs who have the commitment, drive and fire in their belly to represent their country, which is the ultimate honour. I am organising election days when all chefs with a passion to represent Wales will have a chance to bring their dishes to demonstrate their skills and impress a team of judges. It’s a new start. My task is to get a strong team together and to set some priorities and standards. Wales has always done well in international competitions and I am keen to move the team forward. Although I am an Austrian by birth, I feel like an honorary Welshman as I have worked in Wales for so long and love the country.”

The selection days are at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on June 1 and at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on June 15. All chefs interested in attending are asked to contact Mr Fuchs at teammanager@ welshculinaryassociation.com

Culinary Association of Wales president Arwyn Watkins congratulated Mr Fuchs on his appointment and said he looked forward to working closely with him to achieve success in international competitions and to raise the profile of the association within Wales.

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He said the association would be seeking specialist coaching expertise from within and outside Wales to support both the senior and junior team managers and give the teams every chance of success on the international stage.