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Essentially Catering Magazine - March 2019

        Industry News

        Wales triumphs

        in Italy

        Former Culinary Team Wales captain Danny Burke has won
        the Northern Europe heat to book his place at next year’s
        Global Chefs Challenge final in St Petersburg, Russia.
          Burke, who lives in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire and co-owns
        Olive Tree Catering in Runcorn, Cheshire, came up against
        some of the continent’s best chefs at the recent regional heats
        held in Rimini, Italy.
          In just three hours - and with the support of his commis
        chef, Harry Paynter-Roberts, from The Castle Hotel, Conwy,
        North Wales - Burke cooked a three-course meal for six
        people comprising a starter of scallops and seabass, a main
        course of veal rump and kidney and a chocolate dessert.
          Burke’s Italian victory comes exactly 20 years to the day   Danny Burke, pictured with his commis chef,
        sine he won the Junior Chef of Wales title.             Harry Paynter-Roberts, after victory in Italy

                                                         Food businesses

                                                         failing gas

                                                         safety checks

                                                         Recent inspections carried out by Environmental Health
                                                         officers of commercial catering gas appliances have
                                                         uncovered a worrying trend in local hot food businesses
                                                         choosing to use gas engineers who are not competent or
                                                         qualified to issue commercial gas safety certificates.
                                                           Instead, businesses are having their mandatory gas safety
                                                         inspections carried out by people who are only qualified to
                                                         issue safety certificates for much smaller domestic appliances,
                                                         meaning workers and customers are being put at risk of carbon
                                                         monoxide poisoning.
                                                           Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development,
                                                         Transport and Public Protection, says: “The onus is on
                                                         businesses to ensure that the gas engineer they use is
                                                         competent to undertake the work they need them to do, but this
                                                         is clearly not happening.
                                                           “Business owners can check that a gas engineer is registered
                                                         by going to or by telephoning
                                                         Gas Safe Register freephone on 0800 408 5500. They will be
                                                         pleased to confirm a registration, and check that an engineer is
                                                         registered to work on commercial gas appliances.”

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