WELSH chef Stephen Terry has been chosen to prepare dinner for world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama at next month’s NATO Summit.
The award-winning chef, who runs The Hardwick in Abergavenny, will draw on Wales’ strong culinary heritage as he selects a menu that will use Welsh produce to showcase some of the fantastic food that the country is famous for.
A team of 12 hospitality students from Cardiff Metropolitan University will help Mr Terry to prepare the dinner which will take place on September 4 in Cardiff.
Mr Terry said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and it will give them a fantastic opportunity to test themselves on what will be one of the biggest nights of their lives.
“I am sure Mr Cameron, President Obama and the other world leaders will enjoy the very best of Welsh food and hospitality.”
Mr Terry worked in the kitchens of the famous chefs Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Jr, before setting up his own restaurant.
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb said: “I am delighted Stephen Terry has been appointed as Chef for the NATO dinner. He is without doubt one of the finest chefs to have ever come out of Wales. It’s good to see him also selecting such a talented team of students from Cardiff Metropolitan University to support him in preparing this historic meal.
“The choice of Stephen to oversee this immensely prestigious dinner further displays how the summit is showcasing the best of Welsh business. The skills and expertise of businesses in Wales are being recognised on a global stage via this Summit. World leaders will return home having enjoyed world-class cuisine here in Wales.”
Heads of State and Government and Ministers will dine at venues around the city, including HMS Duncan in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Castle and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Meanwhile representatives from international media will be entertained at Tredegar House in Newport.