Country Range Student Chef Challenge Winner, Emily Bucknall, Enters Michelin-Starred Kitchen
The incredible year and a half began for Emily after her Loughborough team’s against the odds win in the Country Range Student Chef Challenge in March 2016. This led to her competing at the Culinary Olympics and following the completion of her Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Cookery, she was then awarded a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.
“I’m over the moon and I just can’t believe everything that has happened this past 2 years really. To now be about to start with one of the biggest names in British food, is beyond my wildest expectations but it’s an opportunity I’m going to seize with everything I have.”
Emily’s Loughborough Lecturer and mentor Darren Creed commented:
“I’m so proud of Emily and delighted for her. She arrived at college a shy student who didn’t know much about professional cookery so the transformation has been amazing. She’s the most dedicated student I have seen who is always looking to improve, help the team and she absorbs everything. Starting at a 2 Michelin restaurant under the tutelage of the likes of Sat and Head Chef John, there is no limits to how far she can go.”
With the Country Range Student Chef Challenge back again in its 24th year, Emily is encouraging more students to get involved to help kick start their careers in professional kitchens.
“For me, it all started with winning the Country Range Student Chef Challenge really. The win gave me direction, a huge confidence boost and a burning desire to work in the best kitchens with the finest chefs. The skills learnt, experienced gained and happy memories will stay with me for life so I recommend all budding college chefs to get involved.