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I am somebody who relishes new experiences, particularly if they are related to food! I am never happier than when I’m in the kitchen.
My earliest memories involve food; my family travelled widely and I have been influenced by food-related memories, such as my grandmother’s mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie), from Finland, and tagines from Morocco. Such experiences led me to enroll for formal training at Tante Marie Culinary Academy, where I was awarded a Cordon Blue Certificate with Distinction. I then went on to cater for an 8 person ski chalet in Courchevel, France, for the 4-month winter season, before continuing with cooking on a part-time basis around my job in the commercial art world. I am based in London, but am happy to travel further afield. My experience is relatively wide ranging - from cooking for large groups of people in shooting and fishing lodges in Scotland, to preparing home-cooked meals for small family groups.
Whilst I was trained in Cordon Bleu style cooking, I love to cook food with a variety of influences. My food is packed full of flavour, it is vibrant, wholesome and made for sharing; Ottolenghi, Melissa Hemsley, Sabrina Ghayour and Nigel Slater have all inspired me over the course of my culinary journey. I have always been particularly drawn to baking and spend a great deal of my spare time trying out new recipes or techniques and practising bread making - Dan Leppard, Sue Quinn and Nigella Lawson have been great influences in this. Attending cooking clubs in London (Band of Bakers and The Cookbook Circle), food-related events and speciality cooking classes (Bread Ahead etc.) keeps me inspired and means that my cooking knowledge is constantly developing and expanding.
For me, cooking is...
My happy place; I'm always learning and I get enjoyment out of cooking for others.
I learned to cook at...
Tante Marie Culinary Academy
A role model in the kitchen is...
Without a doubt my mother
A cooking secret...
to always be prepared and to keep your knives sharp!
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in London.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in London, count me in.
Book your experience with Chef Sophie
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.