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Lady Chef of the Year creates winning Welsh Lamb dish

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Deanna Leven from HCC​:​ ​C​ongratulat​ing​ Chaudfontaine’s lady Chef of the Year, Laure Chenonceaux

LAURE GENONCEAUX has been crowned the Chaudfontaine Lady Chef of the Year 2017 after creating a winning menu using PGI Welsh Lamb.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is a major sponsor of the competition, which, for 27 years, has been awarding the title of ‘Lady Chef of the Year’ to a female chef who embodies quality, creativity and finesse in the kitchen.

Chef Laure Genonceaux created a menu inspired by international influences, which has become her signature style of cooking. Laure’s fusion cuisine consisted of a starter of smoked eel, goats chees and beetroot, followed by a Mauritian rougaille dish before using PGI Welsh Lamb as the centrepiece of the menu. Laure prepared three different cuts of lamb, putting the rack, saddle and lamb trimmings under the spotlight in her creation. The PGI Welsh Lamb was served with Asian inspired samosas, cementing her Laure’s cooking style as internationally innovative, before finishing the meal with a French Paris-Brest dessert.

As the now titled Lady Chef of the Year, Laure will go on to use PGI Welsh Lamb in the menu at her own restaurant ‘Brinz’L’, which is based in Brussels. Furthermore, she will part-take in show-cooking at trade shows and other events in Belgium, highlighting PGI Welsh Lamb as a high quality and iconic ingredient.

Commenting on her victory, Laure said: “I am delighted. My favourite cut is the shoulder of lamb; the meat is juicy while not having an over-powering flavour. It is also extremely tender.”

HCC’s Export Market Development Executive Deanna Leven said: “We are proud to be the partner of Lady Chef of the Year again this year and we would like to extend our congratulations to Laure for her deserved win.”

Deanna continued: “PGI Welsh Lamb is a natural, tender and versatile ingredient with a variety of delicious cuts, which Laure has proved in her cooking. We look forward to working with Laure in the coming year and seeing what other delicious Welsh Lamb dishes she will create.”

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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