Bethan is currently working at The Art School restaurant in Liverpool as an apprentice pastry chef. She is also studying for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs’ Apprenticeship at the City of Liverpool College. The Arts School is her first full-time job since leaving school, although while studying for her GCSEs she worked on match days at Everton Football Club with her FutureChef mentor, Gareth Billington.
The reason she loves being a chef is it allows you to be creative. Pastry is what she is most passionate about and she’s lucky to work on that every day. She also loves that being a chef creates opportunities to work anywhere in the world.
Whilst Bethan didn’t really know what she wanted to do when she was growing up, she chose Food Tech as a GCSE and her teacher encouraged her to enter the FutureChef competition, which she was lucky enough to win. This gave her lots of opportunities like work experience at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. It was such a wonderful experience that she knew this was the career that she wanted to do.
During her career so far, Bethan has met so many inspirational people who have all been encouraging and offered their support. Particularly inspiring is her boss, Paul Askew who has given up so much of his time to get her career started.
Bethan believes the best thing about competing is that you get to create your own dishes and try them on such well-respected judges. She has learned so much from entering competitions as you get to learn new techniques and skills. Competitions really test her and push her to put herself out there and become a better chef. She’s very excited about making the final and it wasn’t something she expected to be able to do as it’s such a big achievement. Whilst she admits she hasn’t really thought about winning she knows to take the title would be amazing. She will be trying to improve her skills in all areas as its mainly pastry she focuses on in her job so there will be plenty of practising over the next few weeks.