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Great British Menu 2019: Wales preview

Great British Menu 2019: Wales preview

by Great British Chefs 30 April 2019

Beautiful Wales takes its turn in the Great British Menu kitchen this week. See which three chefs are representing the country for 2019.

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Wales is one of the best places in the UK to be a chef, with its incredible produce, beautiful countryside and clutch of award-winning restaurants. This year's Great British Menu sees a returning contestant joined by two new faces – take a look at their careers so far to get an idea of who'll be entering the kitchen.

Andrew Sheridan, formerly Sosban, Camarthenshire

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Andrew has loved cooking since he was a child; he and his brother taught themselves how to cook everything, and used to compete to see who could make the best dishes. He moved around Liverpool and Ireland during his teens, settling in north Wales as an adult. His first chef job was in a local pub, and he then acquired a place at Michael Caines’ Abode when it first opened in Chester. Andrew successfully worked his way up from a junior role to sous chef in the fine dining restaurant, before moving to join Sosban as head chef in 2017 (which then closed in early 2019). He appeared on Great British Menu last year but didn't make it to the final round – can he improve his scores with a second shot at the banquet?

Cindy Challoner, formerly the Classroom, Cardiff

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Cindy certainly isn't a stranger to cooking in front of an audience – until recently, she was head chef of The Classroom, the restaurant on the roof of Cardiff and Vale College. With a focus on regional Welsh produce channelled through a modern European way of cooking, we're eager to see what this newcomer can bring to the table.

Tom Westerland, The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel, Wiltshire

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Tom was named National Welsh Chef of the Year 2018 so has some experience of competitive cooking already, but it's what he creates at Lucknam Park Hotel that really makes him stand out. He describes his food as 'fun, flavourful and simple' – while he might need to add some complexity to his dishes to really wow the judges on Great British Menu, we're sure he'll dish up some seriously tasty plates of food.

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