New bakers honoured as drive is launched to recruit another batch

A talented group of newly-qualified apprentices at a bakery have been hailed as stars of the future by the UK’s top trainer. According to Yvonne Evans, who was crowned Assessor of the Year by the Times Educational Supplement, the seven apprentices at the Village Bakery were “truly exceptional”. As a reward, they were each presented by […]

Ice-cream entrepreneur expands empire with new restaurant by the seaside

A North Wales ice-cream entrepreneur is expanding her business empire by taking over a successful restaurant run by the same family for generations. Carrie Parisella is the new owner of Nino’s Restaurant, overlooking the promenade at Rhos on Sea, and plans to take on new staff to help her develop the business. Renamed as Parisella’s […]

Wine wizard to the stars returns to pop a few corks on home turf

One of the UK’s youngest head sommeliers who has served stars like Sir Tom Jones and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will be sharing his wine expertise at Llangollen Food Festival. It will be quite the family affair for Dan Davies, 22, will be joining his father, festival stalwart Dai Chef, who will also be assisted […]

Couple enjoy sweet taste of success taking ancient biscuit across the world

An enterprising couple are supplying one of the world’s most famous stores and prestigious outlets in Singapore and Kuwait after reviving Britain’s oldest biscuit. Four years ago James Shepherd and his wife Natasha re-created the historic Aberffraw Biscuit which dates back to the 13th century. They won plaudits from lovers of fine food when they […]

Peak performance in aid of air ambulance

Big-hearted bakers took on a mountainous challenge in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance. The team from the Village Bakery took part in the gruelling Three Peaks Race and raised more than £1,500 for the life-saving service. The race requires participants to reach the top of the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. They […]

Agonising wait over as Jo confirmed as fastest truffle maker on the planet

A top chocolatier has finally been confirmed as the fastest truffle maker on the planet – after an agonising wait. The record set by Jo Edwards in front of a huge crowd at last year’s Llangollen Food Festival has only just been ratified by the Guinness Book of World Records. She made 49 truffles in […]

Bakery set to join upper crust with awards double

A top bakery is hoping to rise to the occasion and clinch an awards double. The Village Bakery has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories at the bakery Oscars, the Baking Industry Awards, next month. The glittering ceremony is being held at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, on September 6. Their […]

New job in charge of eatery is a real homecoming for Laura  

It was a case of back to the future for Laura Clark when she landed the top job at a busy restaurant in a Wrexham shopping centre. That’s because 33-year-old Laura was part of the original staff team that launched Frankie & Benny’s at Eagles Meadow when the centre first opened for business back in […]

Royal chef will champion “world class” North Wales produce

A celebrity chef who has cooked regularly for royalty and government leaders says North Wales produces some of the best food in the world. Graham Tinsley MBE, who has prepared dishes for the Queen and Prince Charles on at least a dozen occasions and also created St David’s Day feasts at 10 Downing Street, can’t […]