Junior Sous Chef, Sean Phillips from Blas Restuarant, Twr y Felin Hotel in St Davids was runner up in the Young Chef category for Wales in the World Young Chef Young Waiter Awards 2022.  This is the first year Wales has taken part in these global awards.

Sean was presented with his runner up award at a ceremony in Swansea on 1 November after preparing and serving a stunning menu for the judges competing against other semi-finalists from across Wales.

Established in 1979, the world Young Chef Young Waiter awards promote hospitality as a career of choice. Entry is free and open to young chefs and waiters under the age of 26 with a minimum of three years hospitality experience. Sean originally joined the team at Blas in 2016 and worked as ac Commis Chef for just over two years. He then developed his career at Llys Meddyg before returning to us as a Chef de Partie in 2020. Since then he has been promoted to Junior Sous Chef.

A former windmill and Wales first contemporary art hotel, Twr y Felin is home to the AA three rosette Blas Restaurant  where Sean is part of the team led by Head Chef, Sammy Owen. The fine dining restaurant is renowned for its exquisite ‘art on a plate’ dishes. Inspired by the season and locality, their food is experimental, a true culinary experience and feast for the eyes and senses.

Delighted with Sean’s success, Emma Bowen, General Manager at Twr y Felin said; “My heartfelt congratulations go to Sean on this fantastic achievement early in his career.  His passion for culinary excellence will stand him in good stead for his future career and this experience will enable him to cement his name in the industry. It’s also a great testimony to Sammy and his team who have encouraged Sean to take part. We are all confident Sean will go on to become a great chef in his own right.”