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Issue:- 02 January 2015

Young baker Ethan crowned Best Biscuit Maker by top celebrity chef

ETHAN White, 11, from Greasby in the Wirral, received the award:- 'Best Biscuit Maker' from gastro king Dai Chef at the Cookery School at Bodnant Welsh Food, the centre of excellence for Welsh food in the Conwy Valley.  Ethan, who is a pupil at Hillbury School, took part in a year long course at the Young Cooks Academy at Bodnant's Cookery School which was attended by 60 cookery mad youngsters.  Ethan said:- "I loved making the food and taking part and I'm grateful that I got to make biscuits. Dai Chef is a good teacher. He takes his food seriously and is a good chef to cook with. I like cooking because it's fun. I don't usually cook at home, but I did make an omelette once. I've learned to cook a lot of different things at Bodnant. I like to make any type of food. I like sweet and savoury food. I really like spaghetti bolognaise. I've had a fantastic day."


Other prize winners included Ben Garbutt, 12, from Prestatyn, who was named as Young Masterchef, as well as Best Chocolate Maker; Spice Queen, Nellie Salmon, 9, from Conwy; Best Italian Chef Ella Warren Roberts, 9, from Dinas Dinlle; Pasta King Gruff Clayton, 9, from Denbigh and Best Bread Maker Eleanna Daminaou 15, Manchester.  They were taught by Dai to cook sea bass, which was served with wild mushrooms and golden apple rings.  Ben helped Dai, who is executive chef at Bodnant's acclaimed Hayloft Restaurant, to create a unique recipe for a mouth watering panettone.  The Italian sweet bread, filled with fruit and chocolate will go on sale at the Hayloft, with half of the proceeds going to Ty Gobaith children's hospice in Conwy.

Dai Chef was blown away by the high standard of the cooking. He said:- "They have all done so well. They have cooked to a really high standard. Everyone here today is a winner in their own right. Ty Gobaith is a charity that is really close to my heart and I've been working with them for years fundraising."

Bodnant Cookery School consultant Eira Roche explained what was in store for the youngsters in 2015. She said:- "Over the next year at the academy they're going to be learning all of the fundamental cooking skills. Things like bread making, pasta making, and biscuit making, all sorts of things. They're going to be leaning to make Japanese dishes like sushi next year. We decided to support Ty Gobaith because it's very important to us at Bodnant that we're part of the community."

Pam Messham, a technician at the cookery school, has a personal reason for supporting Ty Gobaith. Her granddaughter Amara Messham Jones, 18, who is blind, has epilepsy, and is in a wheelchair, has been going to Ty Gobaith for respite care since
she was a baby. Pam said:- "It's fantastic for Amara to go there. They have a sensory room, and she gets to play instruments the harp. Ty Gobaith has made a huge difference to my family."

Eluned Yaxley, Senior Area Fundraiser for Ty Gobaith added:- "We are delighted to be supported by the cookery school at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre. Christmas is a special time of year for everyone, but all the more important for families with a life-limited and life threatened child. Like all of our work, respite care by our specialist nursing staff can only happen thanks the support of the Community of North Wales and beyond. This is also true for our outreach care and professional counselling for families who use our hospices, and for families in the wider community who have lost a child too."

For more details on courses at the Cookery School visit:-  or call:- 01492 651100.

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