Double celebration for Wynnstay’s head chef

Not only has the head chef of Machynlleth’s Wynnstay Hotel Gareth Johns been successfully nominated for the 2023 Eat Game Awards, he’s also been awarded the Best of Gastronomies International for the third year in a row.

Best of Gastronomies International is an independent chefs and gourmet organisation. Based in France, it is active in over 170 countries and has three main goals – to give chefs in all countries of the world the recognition they deserve, encourage local charities, and help a new generation of chefs to achieve their dreams.

Chef Gareth has been cooking at the Wynnstay for over 20 years, and in his own words serves up “unashamedly classic” dishes. One of which is his signature dish peppered duck paired with crushed new potatoes in their skins, and crunchy green beans, served with a velvety, peppery sauce.

He’s a big supporter of slow food and sustainability, and mentors up and coming chefs with the belief that “knowledge not shared, is wasted.”

These recent accolades are added to his many achievements including being the founder member of the Welsh Culinary Association, being elected Master Chef of Great Britain 2011, and featuring in the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year, and Which Guide’s Top Rated pub in Wales.

Charles Dark, owner, The Wynnstay Hotel said: “We are absolutely delighted that Gareth has been recognised with these recent achievements. What he has done over the years in Wales, and on behalf of Wales across the world is astonishing and he certainly boats a CV most chefs would aspire to achieve.”