In the first of a series of unique networking events, Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel welcomed Spanish ‘ham master’ Jose Sol to give a lively demonstration of his award-winning work in the art of jamon carving!

Jose, who travels the world giving specialist master classes and has trained some of the top chefs in the UK, dropped into the four-star Marriott to chat with guests who were invited to test their own skill under the champion carver’s watchful eye.

Speaking at the event, Marriott director of sales Julia Sim said: “There are so many networking events planned across the city that it can be hard to stand out so we wanted to start something a little different with this one and judging by its success, we’ll be making such events a regular thing.

“Jose was great – I’ve honestly never come across anyone holding the title of ‘ham master’ before but it was certainly something different and I’m looking forward to planning the next one.”

Jose added: “I was delighted to be asked to come to the Marriott and demonstrate my work – Cardiff is a fantastic city; one which has increasingly embraced Spanish cuisine and it’s always a pleasure to visit.”