How the story began…
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!
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.
Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking for these illustrious peeps…
Ok so his actual name is Rowan Atkinson, but you know who I mean!
She’s lovely! Cooked for her at Rick Stein’s just after Titanic was released
The Queen and The Duke of Edinborough
At the CHOGM Big Aussie BBQ… Although they couldn’t eat as they may get poisoned!
The Forrest Family
Western Australian mining magnates
Crown Casino owner
The dude who owns Channel 7 in Australia
The Rockpool Group legendary chef
You know, Mark from Eastenders
Phil from Eastenders
Someone remind me what his actual name is..?!
UK comedian… Loved my sticky toffee pudding
Actress who played Lucy in Sense and Sensibility… And many other roles!
The drummer from Queen… I was a chef on his 125ft super yacht, Tigerlily
Of Bistro Guilleme fame
And Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking with these amazing chefs…
I worked at Jamie’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall 2006-2007
Antonio consults for the Royal Family and offered me the role of Sous Chef to Charles and Camilla
He taught me to make pasta whilst I was at Fifteen
I facilitated her on stage cooking at WASO
Simon was cooking with Maggie at the WASO event
Poh Ling Yeow
Runner up of Australian Masterchef 2009
We cooked together at the Nannup Flower Festival