Sophie Munro crowned River Cottage’s Rising Star 2014

Sophie Munro crowned River Cottage’s Rising Star 2014

Talented Sophie Munro aged 21 from London has won a culinary battle to become our Rising Star 2014 at Hugh’s Late Summer Party.  

The winning dish of fresh crab with a dill sauce, watercress and roasted vine tomatoes saw off competition from Chloe Ride, Jamie Glover, Lily Biggs, and Cameron Kibble in front of a live audience and film crew. The young hopefuls had just one hour to produce a dish inspired by Hugh's latest book, Light and Easy.

Watch the Rising Star final video >

Sophie has now secured a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with 12 months employment at our award-winning chefs' school. She will learn directly from our top chefs, cook for our distinguished guests and be the face of our apprenticeship programmes that coach 120 learners each year.

Sophie said, “This has come as a real shock as I didn’t even think I’d get to the finals! All of the other contestants had something special and are clearly a talented bunch of people. This is an incredible opportunity; I’m so happy to be able to share my passion for cooking as River Cottage’s Rising Star.

“I can’t wait to go into the garden and pick fresh vegetables and experiment with them under the Chef Tutor’s guidance – trying new flavours, learning new skills and challenging myself.”

You’ll be able to keep up with Sophie through her blog to be published regularly here on our website.

Our Young Chef Apprenticeship Scheme is one of a range of programmes designed to inspire, educate and qualify chefs of the future. Free for 16 – 24 year olds, the award winning scheme still has a few places left to start this September. There are no entry requirements, so apply today to be in with a chance of joining Sophie on the course. Visit for more details, or email



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