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New manager for Culinary Team Wales



Peter Fuchs: New manager of Culinary Team Wales

Peter Fuchs: New manager of
Culinary Team Wales

AN ‘HONORARY WELSHMAN’ who has worked at some of the world’s top hotels has been appointed as the new manager of the Culinary Team Wales.

Peter Fuchs, culinary director at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, takes over from Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park Hotel and Spa near Chester, who recently stood down from the role.

Mr Fuchs, who was born in Austria and began his career in Munich, was the executive chef of Celtic Manor Resort when it opened in 1999 and was promoted to director of food and beverage before leaving in 2004. He returned to the resort in 2011.

In the intervening years he worked as executive chef at two five-star hotels, the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at Harrods, London and at the Creta Maris Convention and Golf resort in Crete.

It’s not the first time that he has held a managerial role with Culinary Association of Wales, as he was manager of the first national junior team formed by Wales to compete in the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg back in 2002.

Mr Fuchs will now begin the process of selecting and preparing the Culinary Team Wales for the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany next year. He will work closely with junior team manager Michael Evans, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea.

Speaking about his appointment at a Culinary Association of Wales meeting in Welshpool yesterday (Wednesday), he said: “It’s a great honour and I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge. We have a lot of hard work in front of us because our next competition is the Culinary Olympics, which is very demanding.

I will be looking for chefs who have the commitment, drive and fire in their belly to represent their country, which is the ultimate honour. I am organising election days when all chefs with a passion to represent Wales will have a chance to bring their dishes to demonstrate their skills and impress a team of judges. It’s a new start. My task is to get a strong team together and to set some priorities and standards. Wales has always done well in international competitions and I am keen to move the team forward. Although I am an Austrian by birth, I feel like an honorary Welshman as I have worked in Wales for so long and love the country.”

The selection days are at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on June 1 and at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on June 15. All chefs interested in attending are asked to contact Mr Fuchs at teammanager@

Culinary Association of Wales president Arwyn Watkins congratulated Mr Fuchs on his appointment and said he looked forward to working closely with him to achieve success in international competitions and to raise the profile of the association within Wales.

He said the association would be seeking specialist coaching expertise from within and outside Wales to support both the senior and junior team managers and give the teams every chance of success on the international stage.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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