A TRAINEE chef from Llandudno cooked up a treat in a national competition.

Coleg Llandrillo student Oliver Parry-Molloy scooped the bronze medal in the ‘Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2019’ contest in London.

Oliver, 21, battled it out with the top ten finalists in a cook-off at Westminster Kingsway College.

He prepared a Caramelised Celeriac, Thyme and Hazelnut Risotto, which was awarded a top three place by the judges at the celebratory dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay’s eateries in the capital.

Oliver will now be given three days’ work experience at The Italian Embassy in London, with head chef Danilo Cortellini, for the planning and execution of a gala dinner.

His success comes hot-on-the-heels of his appearance at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, where his supporting role as a commis chef with Culinary Team Wales won him a medal.

Oliver's ever-growing reputation has including being a finalist in the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or competition, qualifying for the national final of UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2018 and winning a silver medal at the Welsh International Culinary Championships.

“It was great fun to take part in this competition, and I have learnt so much”, said Oliver.

“It is great to get feedback on my dish from such prestigious judges and I am really looking forward to my prize of cooking at The Italian Embassy.

"It will be an honour and an amazing experience.”