The team of chefs representing the Culinary Association Wales outside 10, Downing Street (from left) Arwyn Watkins, Ioan Lewis, Glenn Lewis, Mike Ramsden, Colin Gray, Mike Bates, Chris Bason and Danny
A team of Welsh chefs brought the flavour of Wales to
Seven chefs from the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) were invited to prepare canapes for 250 VIP guests from business, tourism, sport and media at the 10 Downing Street reception organised by Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns.
The team was led by Michael Bates, executive head chef at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and included CAW president Arwyn Watkins; Mike Ramsden, Chris Bason and Ioan Lewis from Cambrian Training Company, Welshpool; Colin Gray, managing director of Capital Cuisine, Caerphilly; and Danny Burke, co-owner of Olive Tree Catering, Hawarden.
Welsh food and drink suppliers were also invited to showcase their products at the event, including Welsh whisky from Penderyn, wine from Glyndwr Vineyard and Welsh produce from Cwm Farm Charcuterie.
Because European Council president Donald Tusk was visiting for Brexit talks and a lunch, the Welsh chefs were unable to use the kitchens at 10, Downing Street and instead moved their preparations next door to No 11.
Michael Bates said: “We were allowed into 10, Downing Street at 2 pm, served our canapes and were on the road back to Wales by 5 pm.”
“We were all proud to represent Wales and it was an amazing experience to showcase our nation’s food.
“Everybody seemed to enjoy the canapes and we had very good feedback from the Prime Minister, Alun Cairns and officials.
“The Prime Minister had a chat with each team member and congratulated us for making the effort to travel to London to put on a great reception
“It was a shame that the weather prevented many of the invited guests from attending the reception, but we achieved what we had set to do.”
The Prime Minister welcomed the culinary association the Number 10 and emphasised the importance of what Wales has to offer both to the UK and the rest of the World.
Mrs May said: “Tonight, let’s celebrate the very best of Welsh life and, of course, the very best of Welsh food and drink!
“Every year, millions of people are seeing for themselves just how much Wales has to offer. That includes myself and my husband, who are regular visitors to Snowdonia. We love to go walking there.”
Mr Cairns added: “Today’s reception is all about celebrating everything that Wales has to offer to the world and there is indeed much to celebrate.
“We are a proud nation and a special part of the United Kingdom. We have Welsh entrepreneurs, inventors and creative people leaving an indelible mark all around the globe, each overseeing Wales’ tremendous renaissance in sport, cuisine, arts and business.”
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