More than 350 chefs from throughout Wales and England will compete in the Welsh International Culinary Championships at Coleg Llandrillo this week.

The four day event will see all the nation’s culinary competitions brought together in one venue, Gr?p Llandrillo Menai’s, Rhos-on-Sea campus, for the first time.

The championships will contain a number of individual competitions: the National and Junior Chef of Wales finals, the Battle for the Dragon contest and the culinary finals of Skills Competition Wales competition.

The Junior Chef of Wales winner will automatically qualify for the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Young National Chef of the Year semi-final.

The Battle for the Dragon contest begins on Wednesday, with the Junior Culinary Team Wales competing against England’s junior team. Both teams have to prepare and cook a three-course meal for 80 guests in three hours.

The event concludes on Thursday with the prestigious National Chef of Wales final, which will see eight chefs compete. They will be given three hours to cook a three-course menu for four people using Welsh ingredients wherever possible.

Winners of the showpiece competitions will be announced at a presentation dinner at Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno on Thursday night.

Arwyn Watkins, Culinary Association of Wales president, said: “The Welsh International Culinary Championships is the perfect place for all the nation’s culinary competitions to come together.

“I welcome the co-operation and collaboration by the competitions’ organisers and it promises to be a fantastic showcase for culinary and hospitality skills over four days at Coleg Llandrillo Menai. I encourage members of the public to come along and see the talented chefs and front of house staff in action.”