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FutureChef 2018 Cumbrian Winner

At the time of the FutureChef challenge, Sophie Grunshaw was a Year 10 student at Ulverston Victoria High School. She one of two winners who were champions in the school heat which saw over 15 students from across all the year groups compete, with food technology teacher and Aroma Catering founder Nick Hall overseeing proceedings. Sophie then went on to win the local heat, producing two stunning dishes including squid and squid ink risotto having spent hours practising the skills and techniques she was required to show in school with her teacher.


Sophie’s FutureChef journey came to end at the North West Regional Final, as she obtained a well-fought and deserved second place. In preparation for this, she again worked with her teacher, and also local chef Richard Booth from the Lakeside Hotel in Newby Bridge, Ulverston, who kindly dedicated several hours to offer advice and support, as well as equipment to Sophie.

Since FutureChef, Sophie has volunteered her services on numerous occasions for the charity which her teacher has set up - the Aroma Catering Foundation. The charity aims to raise money to send young people to catering college, a further education option which comes with a hefty shopping list of equipment and transport. Sophie has continued to develop her skill and knowledge, and is likely going to compete again in the 2018/19 Future Chef competition.

Anne Pierce, the CEO of the Springboard Charity, said, “FutureChef supports the food curriculum in schools, and provides a pipeline of culinary talent into the vibrant hospitality industry. The FutureChef competition celebrates young culinary talent and inspires them to enter the exciting expanding world of hospitality.


Terry Tinton, Head of Faculty for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Westminster Kingsway College, believes that we need to reach children at this formative age, giving them the chance to experience the subject in a timely manner through programmes like FutureChef.

Terry said, “It’s a really exciting industry to go into, takes determination, passion and hard work, but we need to go back into schools. FutureChef highlights the exciting opportunities there are in the industry to move onto a vocational subject, allowing them to work with some fantastic mentors around the country, and get experience in a large Further Education college.”

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Springboard helps people of all ages and backgrounds improve their career potential in hospitality, leisure and tourism, especially people who experience barriers to employment and those in education. By so doing, we help reduce unemployment and poverty across the UK and reduce the sector’s skills shortages.

  • Equipping with personal, professional and career skills, through first class education programmes.
  • Transforming the lives of people by providing tailored quality programmes, dedicated aftercare and access to work experience placements and ultimately, sustainable employment. At the same time we help our employer partners attract, develop and retain talent.
  • Providing advice and guidance to inform and guide young people, adults and key influencers about the industry.
  • Promoting great place to work, through strategic partnerships with employers, our Ambassador and Alumni network, Government, employment referral agencies, educational establishments and industry bodies.

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