Singing for their Supper

Each year, we’ll be putting some Welsh Rarebits chefs on the spot.

chef : Glyn Roberts (200x200)GLYN ROBERTS - Castle Cottage, Harlech


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Modern Welsh with an eclectic twist.

Biggest influence : Gary Rhodes in the 80’s, Ramsay in the 90’s.

Favourite local produce : Cardigan Bay seabass.

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Gordon Ramsey.

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich? Welsh rarebit.

Who would you like to cook for and why?

Apart from friends and family at Christmas (one of our few days off!) a dinner party to show off Welsh produce and talent to the many London based food critics who never venture to north Wales!

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

Tyddyn Llan, Corwen.

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

Beluga Restaurant in Cape Town.

Any other passions apart from cooking?

Gin, red wine, walking, driving.


chef : Nigel Jones (200x200)NIGE JONES - Nanteos Country House Hotel near Aberystwyth


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Seasonal, sustainable British

Biggest influence : David Wilby (Chef Director Exquisite Foods) & Mark Hix

Favourite local produce : Cardigan Bay Herring & freshly picked Nanteos Mulberries

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Both have talents to offer us

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich?  A really good cheese sandwich.  Hafod cheddar with shallot.

Who would you like to cook for and why?

Peter Gabriel (preferably on tour!) Failing that Marco Pierre White - in my opinion the master of British chefs.  I’d welcome his direct critique and, of course, his inevitable compliments.

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

The Crown at Whitebrook

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo

Any other passions apart from cooking?

The sea.


chef : Mark Threadgill (200x200)MARK THREADGILL - Hotel Portmeirion


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Modern Welsh.

Biggest influence : Pierre Reboul.

Favourite local produce : Cardigan Bay Lobster and Crab.

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Gordon Ramsey.

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich? Welsh rarebit.

Who would you like to cook for and why?

The Queen.

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

Plas Bodegroes, Pwllheli.

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

Noma, Denmark.

Any other passions apart from cooking?

Going for a pint and fishing.


chef : Amanda Stuart-Robson (200x200)AMANDA STUART-ROBSON - Jabajak Vineyard Restaurant with Rooms, Whitland


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Seasonal modern European with locally sourced or home grown ingredients, whenever possible.

Biggest influence : Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nigel Slater.

Favourite local produce : Too many favourites to choose.

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Gordon.

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich? Welsh rarebit.

Who would you like to cook for and why?

Children whom I would hope to inspire with a passion for foraging, growing and producing fantastic food for themselves and others.

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

The Crown at Whitebrook.

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

Noma, Copenhagen.

Any other passions apart from cooking?

Gardening and kayaking.


chef : Dunham Barham (200x200)DUNCAN BARHAM - The Grove, Narberth


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Contemporary seasonal with classic undertones.

Biggest influence : Adam Abbott, Campbell Starr, Chris Lee all of whom have taught me the art of being a Head Chef.

Favourite local produce : Foraged wood sorrel, great with savoury and sweet dishes.

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Gordon.

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich?  Welsh rarebit everytime!

Who would you like to cook for and why?

My brigade and my family - the two most important groups of people in my life.

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

The Crown at Whitebrook.

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

Per Se / Eleven Madison Park / Momofuku - all in New York.

Any other passions apart from cooking?

My family obviously, but I’m also a keen photographer.


chef : Geraint Morgan (200x200)GERAINT MORGAN - Ty Mawr Mansion, Aberaeron


Your cooking style in a word (or two) : Modern Welsh.

Biggest influence : My grandmother - she started me on the road to cooking.

Favourite local produce : Cilcennin Llyn Lamb.

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?  Gordon Ramsay.

Welsh rarebit or cheese sandwich? Welsh rarebit.

Who would you like to cook for and why?

Heston Blumenthal - to showcase my existing skills and get a further perspective on the future styles of cooking.

Favourite Welsh Rarebits restaurant (apart from your own, obviously)?

The Grove.

We’re paying, where in the world do you want to eat?

elBulli Restaurant, northern Spain (before it closed) / Burj Al Arab, Dubai.

Any other passions apart from cooking?

Trial biking, collecting cookery books, gardening.