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Sophie Wright, 24. Chef
Sophie Wright is one of the youngest and most successful chefs in Britain today.
Her debut book Easy Peasy was awarded the Gourmand Easy Cookbook of the Year 2008 when Sophie was just 20. Her second book Home at 7, Dinner at 8, was released in April 2011 and gained huge praise from press nationwide. Sophie was christened the “Commuters Chef” by the London Evening Standard and was given a 30-week column. Home at 7, Dinner at 8 was voted one of the UK’s top 50 books, coming in at a lucky number 13. Sophie’s third cookbook, Cook on a Shoestring is published October 2012 - 3 books by the age of 25! Sophie both wrote and styled all the recipes so the food is exactly as intended in all the pictures. All Sophie’s books have been published by Kyle Books Ltd and sold worldwide in Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Russia and America to name a few.
Sophie’s most recent TV appearance was on Hugh Fernley Whittingstall series for Channel 4, River Cottage, 3 good things. Aired Nov 2012.
Also regular on shows like Great Food Live, ITV Daily Cooks, Food Poker on BBC2 and Market Kitchen Sophie is no stranger to Live TV.
A regularly contributor to various radio shows and food panels for Radio 4 and BBC London.
Sophie trained at the highly acclaimed Westminster Culinary Arts College, gaining huge acclaim, and was very quickly pushed into the public eye due to her passion to compete and do well within the industry. After leaving the college with distinction, Sophie was invited to join the British Culinary Academy competition team, competing on an international level. She has since racked up numerous national and international medals, including a Culinary Olympic Silver in 2009.
In 2006, aged 20, Sophie became one of the country’s youngest head chefs at famous celeb hang-out Beach Blanket Babylon until 2008. Since leaving BBB, Sophie has worked on numerous freelance projects; from private catering and pop up restaurants to food consulting and recipe design and development. She is also heavily involved in campaigns, including French Goats cheese, British Lion EGG Campaign 2012, the BBC Food Show with Sopexa, RSPCA freedom food campaign and Electrolux Professional and The Craft Guild of Chefs to name a few.
She was also voted Red Magazine’s Top 20 under 30 “ones to watch” in 2011, and the Times One to Watch under 25 quoteing “Sophie Wright will be cooking for Kate and Will’s 10 Year Anniversary!”
Day to day, Sophie is highly involved with her catering company, Sophie Wright Catering, based in Battersea, London. Specializing in bespoke intimate dinner party for 10 or a corporate contemporary event for 2000.
Sophie Wright Catering has been the in-house caterers for Tom Ford, the top worldwide designer of 2012, is currently the in house caterers for the UK’s only Women’s only members club, Grace of Belgravia as well as numerous celebrities, banks and various top cooperate clients.
Sophie has worked all over the world including Italy, New Zealand, France, Switzerland and Caribbean so her style of cookery is a mix of modern Europeans cuisines cooked simply using the best products available.
Sophie Wright also specialize in staff recruitment for chefs abroad in private houses and holiday homes, as well as Kids cookery workshops to “get kids cooking” and help them learn about the benefits of healthy eating. The last workshop took place in Antigua.
The Buzz.... What are people saying?
"...she has turned entrepreneur, running her own private catering company and cooking for everyone from Avril Lavigne to Roman Abramovich. With a second cookbook out this year, her mix of authority and accessibility means she has a standing invite to just about every cookery TV show going. In ten years.... she'll be doing food at the Kate and Wills' anniversary bash."
From The Times Power List, June 2011
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