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.”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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