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Star Welsh chef Stephen Terry has been chosen to prepare dinner for world leaders at next month's NATO Summit
The award-winning chef will draw on Wales’s strong culinary heritage as he selects a menu that will be served to world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama. He will use local Welsh produce to showcase some of the fantastic food Wales 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 Thursday 4th September in Cardiff.
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 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.
Stephen Terry worked in the kitchens of famous chefs Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Jr, earning a prestigious Michelin star, before going on to set up his own restaurant The Hardwick in Abergavenny, south Wales. He became a familiar public figure in the BBC series Great British Menu.
The chef works closely with Cardiff Metropolitan University and selected the talented group of 12 students to help him.
Heads of State, Heads of 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.
Stephen 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.
Lisa Wright senior lecturer in hospitality at Cardiff Metropolitan University said:
The students are among the very best in the country and working on this event will give them invaluable experience.
People talk about a meal being fit for a King – well, this really will be fit for Prime Ministers and Presidents – literally.
Find out more about NATO Summit Wales 2014 or follow the official Summit Twitter account @NATOWales