MEET THE TEAM
IN THE KITCHEN
Head Chef & Owner : Dave
Chef : Dan
Kitchen Assistant : Ewan
FRONT OF HOUSE
Owner : Remy
Waiting Staff : 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 at his happiest when enjoying good food, beer and prosecco. Having been with us for several years, he now
works with us full-time.
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 but even that is faster than Pablo.
Star SIgn: Virgo
Favourite Car: Pablo
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
KITCHEN ASSISTANT : EWAN
Ewan is currently studying at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr and joins us at the weekends.
A determined young man with a wicked sense of humour, he fits right in with the kitchen team. His many talents include sleeping through pretty much anything, gaming, gaming and more gaming.
Ewan lives in Llandybie with his family.
Star SIgn: Sagittarius
Favourite Food: Hoisin Duck Wraps