How the story began…



Sophie Budd’s culinary journey started at the age of 14 when she got a job at the local pub, peeling potatoes for 2.50 pounds an hour, although helping her parents cook a full English at their bed and breakfast from a young age may have been the real beginning!

At 16 she started catering college and quickly found her way on work experience at Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant in Padstow where she returned for many holidays and became a part of the team.

Rick stein was her idol and she soaked up the amazing atmosphere of a big kitchen and daily found herself elbow deep in fish guts, heaven! Once leaving college she worked in Michelin star restaurants, cooeat her cousins restaurant in Ireland, became the Chef on board Roger Taylor (drummer from Queen)’s 125 ft sailing boat sailing from Cornwall to Mallorca, spent a winter working with horses and realised the pay was even worse and the risk of serious injury much higher!
She became a head chef at the age of 21 running the kitchen in a 16th Century Inn in Cornwall, serving traditional pub grub and a huge range of seafood to hundreds of punters daily. Next she joined a 35 meter motor boat as chef, cruising from Italy, through the Corinth canal to be stationed in Athens.

Returning home a spell in London called where Sophie joined the famed ‘Fuller’s brewery’ and became a head chef in a few of their city bars but London was a pretty hectic life style and the coastlines of Cornwall called where, with timing perfect a job as ‘chef de partie’ at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall fell in to her lap. And this is where she got her love of teaching, the rewards of coaching people and sharing knowledge to see them accompplished chef’s at the end!


After a few months living in Sydney Sophie flew to Perth, she knew one person (a pal from her local village in Cornwall) and here she started her life, found a man and settled in to living in Perth.

Living two streets away form The Cooking Professor’s Cooking School in Mount Lawley she knocked on the door and Peter Kenyon opened the door and from that moment the teaching began, forging a great friendship with Peter.

Sophie’s classes became very popular and always fully booked. She started catering and also taught in many of the other schools in Perth.

Taste Budds was born with fellow chef Sunny de Ocampo in Jan 2011, but in Nov 2011 Sunny departed back to his company ‘EatGoodLife’ and Sophie carried on Taste Budds Cooking Studio whch after a year or so of having no home, happily resides at 305 Lord St, Highgate, Perth and so the story goes on…

In recent times Sophie has had tea with Antonio Carluccio, been offered the job of ‘Sous Chef to Prince Charles’ and has cooked a BBQ with the Duke of Edinburgh and met the Queen. A graduate of the renowned Cornwall Catering College in the UK, Sophie believes that it is not necessary to use complex, and often difficult recipes in a quest for preparing food that is full of flavour. Fresh, local ingredients cooked with care are her passion. Of the many aspects of cooking Sophie enjoys is teaching people how to improve their cooking skills and has an ability to instill confidence in those who join in her classes.

Famous Foodies

Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking for these illustrious peeps…

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    Mr. Bean

    Ok so his actual name is Rowan Atkinson, but you know who I mean!

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    Kate Winslet

    She’s lovely! Cooked for her at Rick Stein’s just after Titanic was released

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    The Queen and The Duke of Edinborough

    At the CHOGM Big Aussie BBQ… Although they couldn’t eat as they may get poisoned!

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    The Forrest Family

    Western Australian mining magnates

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    James Packer

    Crown Casino owner

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    Kerry Stokes

    The dude who owns Channel 7 in Australia

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    Neil Perry

    The Rockpool Group legendary chef

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    Todd Carty

    You know, Mark from Eastenders

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    Phil from Eastenders

    Someone remind me what his actual name is..?!

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    Jimmy Tarbuck

    UK comedian… Loved my sticky toffee pudding

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    Imogen Stubbs

    Actress who played Lucy in Sense and Sensibility… And many other roles!

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    Roger Taylor

    The drummer from Queen… I was a chef on his 125ft super yacht, Tigerlily

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    Guilleme Brahimi

    Of Bistro Guilleme fame

And Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking with these amazing chefs…

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    Jamie Oliver

    I worked at Jamie’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall 2006-2007

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    Antonio Carluccio

    Antonio consults for the Royal Family and offered me the role of Sous Chef to Charles and Camilla

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    Genarro Contaldo

    He taught me to make pasta whilst I was at Fifteen

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    Maggie Beer

    I facilitated her on stage cooking at WASO

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    Simon Bryant

    Simon was cooking with Maggie at the WASO event

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    Poh Ling Yeow

    Runner up of Australian Masterchef 2009

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    Paul West

    We cooked together at the Nannup Flower Festival