Award winning Carden Park Hotel and Spa, in Cheshire is delighted to be supporting a member of its team, Sous Chef Harry Paynter-Roberts, 24, who will be competing against seven of the world’s best young chefs in the Global Young Chefs Challenge Final at the Worldchefs Congress and Expo in Abu Dhabi from 30th May to 2nd June. The winner of the competition will receive the prestigious Hans Bueschkens Trophy.
Harry – who lives in Gronant, near Prestatyn with partner Chloe and their baby son Noah who was born in January earlier this year – already has experience of the Global Chefs Challenge competition, having been Commis Chef for former Senior Culinary Team Wales captain Danny Burke when he won the Northern Europe heat in Italy in 2019. Before this, Harry placed third in the Young National Chef of the Year final in 2020 and runner up in the Junior Chef of Wales final in 2017 and 2018.
Harry works under the guidance of the CAW’s new culinary director, executive chef Graham Tinsley, MBE at Carden Park, which recently added fine dining restaurant The Vines to the hotel in 2021. With Graham’s expertise, he has helped Harry prepare for the Global Young Chefs Challenge Final.
Harry Paynter-Roberts said “I am very happy with the dishes planned for the final and am now practicing the run through with Graham. Chefs are unable to use alcohol in the dishes in Abu Dhabi, so I am using citrus and beetroot juice to form the jus. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to competing in the final, particularly as I have never been to Abu Dhabi before. It has been a very busy time at work and becoming a father, but now I’m totally focused on the Global Young Chefs Challenge, which is a big step up for me. It’s great to have Graham, Harri Williams and former Junior Chef of Wales winner Sion Hughes here at Carden Park to give their advice and support.”
In November, Harry will join the Junior Culinary Team Wales at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, where he will be representing the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) in both competitions.