Cardiff and Vale College’s Ben jets out to India to represent Wales in the Young Chef Olympiad

25 Jan 2023

Ben Newcombe, a Level 3 Hospitality student at Cardiff and Vale College, is set to jet off to India to represent Wales in a prestigious international competition for young chefs – the International Young Chef Olympiad 2023.

Ben, who is 17 and from Cardiff, will be joined by CAVC’s Deputy Head of Catering, Hospitality and Food Manufacturing Eric Couturier Chef who will act as mentor when they fly out at the end of January.

As extra training in preparation for the Olympiad, which sees the best young culinary talent from around the world, Ben had a series of mentoring masterclasses with Principality Stadium Experience Head Chef Ryan Jones and Head Chef and Proprietor of Odette’s Restaurant, Bryn Williams. He also had advice from catering industry legend Steve Munkley, who is also a judge in the Young Chef Olympiad.

Bryn Williams said: “Having a mentor when I was a young chef has benefitted my career, so it’s important to me to continue supporting the next generation of culinary talent.

“It was great to work with Ben on the preparation for his participation in the Young Chef Olympiad competition and to share some of my knowledge and experience. The flavours and textures in his dish are fantastic, and I wish him the best of luck in the competition.”

Cardiff and Vale College Principal Sharon James said: “The very best of luck to Ben from everyone at the College!

“Taking part in the Young Chef Olympiad will be a life-changing opportunity for Ben. He will be demonstrating his skills, creativity and flair among some of the best chefs in the world which will be an amazing experience and we know he is going to do a fantastic job.”