Name:  Serena

Region: Hereford

Age:  44

Profession: Sheep Farmer

Personal: Lives with husband and daughter (4)


When did you start cooking?

I spent my childhood on the family farm which I now run. I have always enjoyed cooking from an early age when I used to help my Mum who is a great cook. My Mum was Cordon Bleu trained. She didn’t ever use her training in a professional capacity but she did feed us amazingly well! I vividly remember folding long grain rice into whipped cream that we served with perfectly poached pears.


What inspires your cooking?

It is cooking with local, seasonal, fresh ingredients that I enjoy most. Clearly, our own lamb features often on the menu!  I do also like to experiment with ingredients from further afield. I particularly love cooking rustic, old fashioned French cuisine.


Why did you decide to enter the competition?

I am lucky to have realised one ambition already in life: to have represented England rowing. Now I have an exciting new ambition. I want to pursue my cooking passion by hopefully opening a school and opening the cooking door for many people to enjoy the kitchen as much as I do! I would love it to be a place where people come to have fun, laugh and learn!

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