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World Young Chef Young Waiter Wales 2022

The eight 2022 contestants stand together, some dressed in chef's whites, others in shirts and ties with black aprons.

About World Young Chef Young Waiter — Wales

Croeso i Gymru — welcome to Wales!

A country shaped on three-sides by pristine ocean, where mountains, moorlands, rivers and pastures are peppered with livestock and bursting with life, it’s hardly surprising that Wales is home to world-class produce, as well as people who can cook and serve it expertly.

We know this, but it’s time the rest of the world knew it too.

That’s why this year, University of Wales Trinity Saint David is bringing the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition to Wales for the first time, to host the best-of-the-best that this green land has to offer.

Established in 1979, the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition aims to promote careers in hospitality, and is open to all professional chefs and waiters under the age of 26 who live and work in Wales.

Entrants will encounter some of Wales’ leading hospitality figures on our expert judging panel, build key skills and make links with other competitors in a fun, challenging and rewarding environment.

The 2022 Wales finals will take place on 31st October and 1st of November at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, and winners of this competition will compete in the world finals in Monaco on 15th-16th November.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s long history of Higher Education in Wales includes a well-established school of Hospitality and Tourism, bringing enhanced opportunities to the people of Wales.

Forging strong links with businesses and industry partners to build networks that elevate students and communities, the University is delighted to host the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition and expand this network to incorporate the wider Welsh Hospitality sector.

Enter today to be part of this exciting development in Wales’ burgeoning food scene.

A few fruits and pieces of sponge arranged at the centre of a large oatmeal-coloured plate.


A waiter contestant collects a wooden boards with a few pieces of miscellaneous food carefully arranged on each.
A jug of translucent liquid is poured over a small round seafood dish. White mist pours over the sides as the liquid touches the food.
A chef contestant flambees something in a pan – the flames reach up to the extractor fans.

Why enter World Young Chef Young Waiter?

Our 2022 entrants will have the opportunity to meet high profile industry professionals, learn new skills and make new friends at a competition like no other.

Being part of World Young Chef Young Waiter is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s a chance for competitors to test their proficiency and progress their careers while learning, building new relationships and developing their potential. And most of all, World Young Chef Young Waiter is fantastic fun!

The aim of World Young Chef Young Waiter is simple: to uncover the very best young talent in our industry and help equip them with relevant skills, current knowledge and the network needed to succeed in the world of hospitality. Devised by respected professionals, the competition has a fresh modern approach that focuses on tasks and criteria that are challenging, educational and fun.

World Young Chef Young Waiter showcases all aspects of hospitality. Inspiring, empowering and inclusive, most of all we celebrate the capabilities and diversity of our amazing industry.

Many past winners have gone on to achieve huge success in hospitality and WYCYW proudly supports the future stars of Britain’s kitchens and restaurants. Previous winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names — Mark Sargeant, Marcus Wareing, Simon King, John Torode, Annie and Germain Schwab, Jeremy King, Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, The Earl of Bradford, Lord Forte, Angela Hartnett MBE, Simon Girling and Fred Sirieix.

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