Bryn is widely regarded as one of Wales’ best chefs and one of Britain’s new crop of celebrity chefs. He shot to fame in 2006 after beating more established and well-known chefs to cook the fish course for the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations on the television programme Great British Menu.
Although originally from Denbigh, in North Wales, he has spent much of his working life in London. In 1997 he started working under Marco Pierre White at The Criterion, before moving on to Le Gavroche, then to the Orrery and in 2006 he became head chef, then chef patron, of Odette’s.
His interest in cooking started at a young age, when, during a school trip to a bakery in Dinbych he got to witness the processes involved in bread making. He later worked at the same bakery as a teenager on Saturday mornings. He also developed a respect for food whilst growing vegetables, fishing and shooting for game on his uncle’s farm as a youngster. It wasn’t long before the young talent was picking up awards, winning Student of the Year at catering college and second-prize in the nationwide Roux Scholarship competition.
Bryn Williams worked at Le Gavroche for 3 years before moving to France to further his training. Back in Britain, he worked at the Orrery in London, which is where he was working when he competed in the first series of Great British Menu. Following his success in representing Wales, he was offered the head chef role at Odette’s in London’s Primrose Hill.
He has since become a familiar face on Saturday Kitchen, also making appearances on Something for the Weekend and Market Kitchen. Williams’s first language is Welsh, and he has appeared in several programmes on the Welsh language television channel, S4C. He was one of three judges on the very popular Welsh-language cooking competition programme Chez / Casa Dudley, the third series started in Autumn 2008.
A six-part series of Cegin Bryn (Bryn’s Kitchen) started on S4C in March 2012. The programme is based on his cookbook Bryn’s Kitchen and features six key ingredients, cooked in 3 different ways whilst also tracking their journey from source to plate.
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Bryn is a Patron of Gwledd Conwy Feast, which is Wales’ third largest food festival with around 25,000 visitors each year. Cardiff Blues, Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby player Martyn Williams appointed Bryn as one of the 7 Patrons of his Spirit of Wales testimonial year in 2010, to help raise money for vulnerable children and cancer victims.
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