Welsh Lamb supports Asian Junior Chef championship

A battle of the spices is to commence tomorrow as three teams of three students go head-to-head in a bid to win the first Asian Junior Chef Champion title.

The teams will battle it out in a cook-off at Heathrow Airport’s T5 Hilton on Friday and, as well as being crowned champion, the winning team will win a 10-day all-expenses-paid cook and study tour around the Indian cities of Poona, Delhi and Bombay.

Following the cook-off, the winners will be revealed at a dinner in the hotel, where Welsh Lamb, provided by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, will form the centrepiece.

The competition has been organised by the Master Chefs of Great Britain and was the idea of committee members Cyrus Todiwala, the chef patron of Café Spice Namaste in London and one of the presenters of The Incredible Spice Men on BBC2.

HCC market development manager Laura Dodds said: “Asian food is hugely popular in Britain, and it’s important that we encourage our young chefs to develop their expertise to produce the best dishes possible.”

“Welsh Lamb is a popular ingredient among some of the top chefs in this country, including Cyrus, who has been a longstanding supporter of Welsh Lamb because he appreciates its provenance and taste. Cyrus is also a member of our Welsh Lamb Club, a group of leading chefs who are proud to serve Welsh Lamb in their restaurants.

“That’s why we are delighted to provide the Welsh Lamb for the gala dinner, so that the quality of the lamb produced by Welsh farmers can be showcased to an audience of more than 250 of Britain’s leading food critics and Asian chefs.”

The teams will have to produce a four-course pan-Asian meal, which will be judged by a panel of professional chefs and key industry figures.

Following the meal, the teams will also have to make a 10-minute presentation to show their knowledge and understanding of Asian cuisine.