From bar to kitchen to college… and Jodi Wilson hopes her next stop will be the winners’ podium at the region’s top food awards!
Jodi, who is 21 and lives in Eckington, is a rising star in the kitchen at the award-winning Devonshire Arms pub and restaurant at Middle Handley on the outskirts of Sheffield.
Having originally worked behind the bar, her potential in the kitchen was only spotted when she was asked to fill in for an absent team member on a busy night.
She so enjoyed the experience that she made the permanent move to the kitchen, working full time and gaining an NVQ level 2 from Sheffield College in her spare time.
And now, inspired and encouraged by Devonshire Arms head chef Tom Lawson – himself named 2013 Young Chef of the Year at the Eat Sheffield Awards - Jodi is about to reverse the experience.
She is going part time in the kitchen and embarking on full time study at Sheffield College, where she will be working towards her Professional Chefs Diploma.
“It was great seeing Tom win his award and it really has inspired me to press on with my studies and see if I can do even better,” said Jodi.
“Tom has encouraged me to do this and I want to be the next award winner at the Dev!”
Alistair Myers, manager of The Devonshire Arms on Lightwood Lane, said: “It was great that Jodi’s potential was spotted entirely by chance, because she really has proved to be a star of the kitchen.
“She’ll still be working for us at weekends while she is studying for the next year so our guests will benefit from her expanding knowledge as she brings everything she learns in the classroom back into the kitchen.
“And it has to be said that her sticky toffee pudding is already the best you can find in the region!”
Middle Handley is a small village just off the B6056 between Sheffield and Chesterfield, minutes from Dronfield.