Peter Fuchs, culinary director at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, has been appointed the new culinary team manager for the Culinary Team Wales.
Fuchs has taken over from Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park Hotel and Spa near Chester, who recently stood down from the role. The announcement comes days after Arwyn Watkins was announced as new president of the Culinary Association of Wales, succeeding Colin Gray, who held the position for two years.
It is not the first time that Fuchs has taken a managerial role on the team: in 2002 he was the manager of the first Welsh national junior team, which was created to compete in the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg that year.
Born in Austria, Fuchs began his career in Munich. He was appointed executive chef of the Celtic Manor Resort when it opened in 1999, and worked his way up to director of food and beverage before leaving in 2004. He returned in 2011, after having worked during the interim at two five-star hotels, the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
His career has also included roles at London's Harrods, and the Creta Maris convention and golf resort in Crete.
Commenting on his new appointment, he said: "It's a great honour. We have a lot of hard work in front of us. My task is to get a strong team together. Wales has always done well in international competitions and I am keen to move the team forward.
"I feel like an honorary Welshman as I have worked in Wales for so long and love the country."
He explained that he would be seeking chefs with the commitment needed to represent their country, and that he would give all hopefuls a chance to demonstrate their dishes to the judges during two election days.
The first will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on 1 June, and the second at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea on 15 June. All interested chefs should contact Fuchs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Culinary World Cup takes place every four years, featuring 30 senior teams and 15 junior teams from across a wide range of countries.