MEET THE TEAM
IN THE KITCHEN
Head Chef & Owner : Dave
Chef : Dan
FRONT OF HOUSE
Owner : Remy
Waiting Staff : Llyr, Zak & Ben
HEAD CHEF & OWNER : DAVE
Growing up on the family farm in Llansadwrn, his father a wholesale fruit and vegetable merchant and inspired by his mother's wonderful cooking, Dave was destined to be a chef from an early age.
He began his catering career at the age of fourteen and made his way through the ranks from pot washer to head chef. Dave origianally trained at Pibwrlydd College in Carmarthen and has worked in restaurants and hotels around the country. As well as being a prolific after dinner speaker, Dave also enjoys his role as a competition judge.
His dream had always been to run his own restaurant and this was realised when Valans opened it's doors in 2005. Dave has appeared on Britain's Best Dish (ITV) and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars (Channel5).
Star Sign: Leo
Springboard Future Chef Winning Mentor 2018
FRONT OF HOUSE & OWNER : REMY
Before settling in Wales Remy worked as a PA in the music and theatre business, a career which took her all over the world and ignited her love of travel.
Remy enjoys cooking for her family, fine wines and sleep, usually in that order.
Pictured here with her two children, Zak and Ewan, on a very cold New Year's Eve in Rome, Remy hopes to one day retire to a sunny hilltop in Italy.
Star Sign: Leo
Weirdest Day: Stephen Hawkin, Ice-T & Gary Barlow
CHEF : DAN
Dan began working at Valans at just sixteen, originally a
waiter he soon joined the kitchen team and worked his
way to Chef.
A frustrated singer-songwriter, Dan can often be heard
belting out a classic tune from the kitchen and would
love to be part of a choir. His other talents include
blowing a balloon up with a single breath. We can confirm,
following extensive testing, that his heart is in full working
Dan measures up at an impressive 6ft 4", shirt size 17.5",
shoe size 11 and waist 34". A man of simple pleasures, he
loves drinking Lucozade, Tango and Irn Bru .
Favourite Food: Ginger Biscuits
Champion of Valans Six Nations Dream Team
WAITER : ZAK
Zak is currently studying for his A-levels at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr.
On the rare occasions that he leaves his room and his beloved XBox, Zak enjoys thinking about his beloved XBox and dreams of faster internet speeds.
Zak lives in Llandybie where in his considered opinion the internet connection is not fast enough.
Star SIgn: Virgo
Favourite Food: Chilli beef nachos
WAITER : BEN
Ben is currently studying for his A-levels at Coleg Sir Gar.
Ben's hobbies include painting, drawing and spending too much of his earnings on clothes! A young man with a naturally creative flair, he loves to decorate jackets and backpacks.
A whizz with a potato peeler and a demon in the sink, Ben lives in Llandybie with his family.
Favourite Food: Bakewell Tart
Favourite Film: La La Land
WAITER : LLYR
As a student studying Business at Bristol Uni, Llyr re-joins our team during the holidays.
A fan of all things spiritual, Llyr enjoys yoga, pilates and long walks in the countryside. He is also a keen theatre goer with a special love of musicals and contemporary dance.
Llyr has a much better twin brother and older sister.
Star SIgn: Wandering
Top Tips: 1. Cider and cockles don't mix 2. If you do mix them don't go to bed. 3. If you do go to bed make sure the bathroom is close at hand. 4. If you fail all of the above this makes you the bad twin, forever.