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, cooked at 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!
Then to Australia … ‘I will only be gone 2 years mum, one in Oz and one in NZ’, oops, that was 2007! 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.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the late Peter Kenyon, the original Cooking Professor who taught me so much and planted the seeds that are now growing and creating my dream xxx’
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