Ben Mitchell, the demi chef de partie at The Grove of Narberth has been named Junior Chef of the Year for Wales 2016 at the Welsh International Culinary Championships.
Mitchell battled it out against three other finalists in the competition, which took place at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea, to be crowned the winner after he devised a showstopping three-course meal for four people.
The judging panel included Michelin star chefs Hywel Jones from Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, near Chippenham, Will Holland, from Coast, Saundersfoot and Shaun Hill, from The Walnut Tree, near Abergavenny and Culinary Association of Wales secretary John Retallick.
Mitchell’s starter was scallops with textures of leek, fennel salad and a hazelnut beurre noisette; followed by parmesan crusted lamb with a rocket and broccoli purée, tender stem broccoli and a balsamic jus. Dessert was a warm apple compote with candied almonds, arlette and a cinnamon mousse.
Mitchell has been working at The Grove for around nine months and this win will see him go on to take part in the Young National Chef of the UK competition in London later this year.
The Grove’s head chef Peter Whaley, who mentored Ben for the competition, said: "I’m absolutely delighted for Ben – all his hard work, dedication and determination have paid off. He’s a fantastic young chef with what I am sure will be a very successful culinary career ahead of him.”