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Japanese cook heads to Bodnant to discover secret of the perfect Welsh rarebit

Japanese cook heads to Bodnant to discover secret of the perfect Welsh rarebit

Making Welsh Rarebit
Making Welsh Rarebit

Japanese cooks are being shown how to make the perfect Welsh rarebit, thanks to a North Wales culinary centre of excellence.


Chef and cookery author Tamao Sako was given a masterclass in how to create the savoury treat, which is fast gaining cult status in Japan, by Andrew Sheridan, executive chef at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

Her visit was part of a tour organised by North Wales Tourism, which will see the region’s culinary attractions take centre stage at an exhibition hosted by one of Japan’s biggest stores.


Tamao, who runs the British Pudding baking school in Japan, said: “Welsh rarebit is very popular back home. I wanted to discover how to make it while I was here, so I can create it for my baking school when I go back.


“Also, in summer I will be bringing a group of Japanese students, all amateur cooks, to Bodnant to teach them about British cakes. These are increasingly popular, and I want to look at some Welsh speciality cakes. We have had a very interesting tour around North Wales - I didn’t realise there was so much to see and do here.”


Accompanying her on the trip were Keiji Hayashi and Wataru Kuwahara, who were researching Welsh products for the British Produce Fair run by Hankyu Department Store, which has outlets in Tokyo and Osaka.


Keiji, who is based in the UK, said: “We want to highlight the produce of Wales - the food and the crafts and also a place to visit as a tourist. This visit has helped us to learn a lot about the region - the landscapes are amazing and there is so much history here, as well as adventure activities and stunning food.”

Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is housed in the converted 18th century Furnace Farm in the Conwy Valley. It is home to a farm shop, tea room, wine shop, cookery school and farmhouse accommodation, while the dairy produces award-winning cheese, butter and ice-creams.

To learn more about Bodnant Food Centre, including their cookery school and farm shop, visit their website

To find out what other attractions North Wales Tourism has to offer click here.


Welsh Rarebit recipe 




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