Hailing from a lineage of avid foodies and professional cooks, Sophie’s first encounters with cooking were with her grandmother aged four. Showing incredible potential so early on, by the age of just 15 she was running services in a Somerset gastropub and a career in the food industry was already decided upon, with now 21 years in the industry, she has never looked back.
Sophie went on to train at the respected Butler’s Wharf Chef School in London, while working and training at reputable and glamorous restaurants La Gavroche, Michelin-starred Greenhouse, the Lanesborough and the Embassy. At the age of 19, Sophie had been nominated ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs.
Sophie’s gastronomic interests have always centred on eclectic cuisine, quality ingredients and nutritional virtue. Her taste for adventure and appreciation of both classic and avant-garde fare led her to become the private chef for international supermodel Claudia Schiffer for two years, and work for other starry clients such as Leonardo DiCaprio and David Cameron. She has also continued to cater for high profile events; for example for two years running she was appointed as executive chef for The Royal Polo, cooking for Prince William and Prince Harry at Lord Lloyd Webber’s estate.
Perhaps her biggest achievements to date was becoming the UK’s youngest female Executive Chef at London’s chic Belgraves Hotel; a title she is immensely proud of. She completely overhauled the food offering after Mark Hix’s departure from the luxury boutique hotel, which has had a superb response, numerous good reviews and a growing fan base since it’s restaurant, Pont St, was re-launched in 2013 with Sophie leaving in 2016.
As part of Heathrow Airport’s growth of Terminal 2 as a destination for food, fashion and lifestyle, Michell is part of the team behind The Gorgeous Kitchen, an exciting new contemporary restaurant providing passengers with a delicious menu worthy of any of the capital’s top restaurants. In 2015 it won ‘Best Airport Restaurant’ and is now in its fourth year.
Sophie also has a successful career out of the kitchen as a TV presenter and food writer. She was part of Channel 4’s smash hit cooking show ‘Cook Yourself Thin’, and co-wrote the book of the same name, which went on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. Other TV highlights include, Market Kitchen, Comic Relief, Sunday Brunch, Iron Chef USA and Masterchef.
She has also worked with many big British and global brands as an ambassador and consultant, including Ocado, Total Yoghurt, Herbal Essences, HaagenDazs, Danone, Tefal and Lindemann. She is currently the face of Merchant Gourmet’s new Eat Well Live Well campaign for 2016. In addition to this, Sophie has had columns in, and contributed to, magazines and newspapers including Grazia, Healthy Magazine, Eat Me, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Mirror, The Sun, The Times, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Stella, YOU magazine, The Daily Mail and Observer Food Monthly.
As a published author, Sophie has released five further books (seven in total) ‘Irresistible’, ‘Fabulous Food’, and ‘Love Good Food’. In 2014, she released two new books, ‘The Gorgeous Kitchen’ and a book in collaboration with Total Greek Yoghurt and, most recently, Chef On A Diet, which was released in May this year.
Sophie is successfully running her own catering company Sophie Michell Catering, with over 15 years experience of high-end catering, Sophie and her team offer a tailored service: from bespoke menu design through to Sophie’s personal event participation as host and guest speaker.