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Shrewsbury Chef in Global Challenge
19 Dec 2022

Talented Calum Smith, who works as a pastry chef at Shrewsbury School, has been selected to represent Wales in the Global Young Chefs Challenge in February 2023. 

Calum Smith, a 21-year-old pastry chef at Shrewsbury School, captains the Junior Culinary Team Wales, and will represent his country in Rimini, Italy, in the Global Young Chefs Challenge European heats. 

If Calum is successful in the heats, he will go through to the final at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2024 in Singapore.

He said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to this time compete for Wales on my own. It means a lot to me and my family and hopefully I can get through to the final in Singapore and bring it home for Wales."

The Junior Culinary Team Wales also recently won silver and bronze medals at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

“I am probably the best prepared that I could be because I am fresh from the Culinary World Cup which was my second major competition with Wales," Calum said. "I learnt so much from our team coach and manager, the judges and from watching other international chefs. I want to help establish Wales as one of the world’s top countries in culinary competitions as I always strive to be the best that I can be. 

“I can’t wait to fly the flag again for Wales and hopefully continue the success and momentum after the Culinary World Cup. Our team goal is to win a gold medal at the Culinary Olympics in 2024.” 

Calum will be joined by Wales teammate Stephanie Belcher, chef de partie at Coast, Saundersfoot, in Rimini. She will be second chef to Will Richards who competes for Wales in the Global Pastry Chef Challenge European heat.

All three chefs will be supported in the Worldchefs organised competitions by Culinary Association of Wales culinary director Graham Tinsley, MBE, executive chef at Carden Park Hotel and Spa, near Chester.