Sophie Michell

Chef & Caterer, London

Sophie’s gastronomic style is centred on eclectic cuisine, using quality ingredients and observing nutritional virtue. Her appreciation of both classic and avant-garde fare have led her to be a private chef for celebrities, including international supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • UK’s youngest female Executive Chef:Completely overhauled the menu at Belgraves and helped relaunch its restaurant Pont St in 2013.
  • Cook Yourself Thin:Part of Channel 4's smash hit show, and co-wrote the book of the same name.
  • Published Author:Sophie has released five books since her first hit, Irresistible. Fabulous Food, Love Good Food, The Gorgeous Kitchen and The Greek Yoghurt Cook Book.

About Sophie

Sophie Michell’s first encounters with cooking were with her Grandmother when she was just four years old. Hailing from a lineage of avid foodies and professional cooks, she grew up learning, and showed incredible potential early on.

By the age of 15, Sophie was running services in a Somerset gastropub and had decided she wanted to make her career in the food industry.

Over the next four years, she trained at the respected Butler’s Wharf Chef School whilst doing work experience at London’s infamous La Gavroche, the Michelin-starred Greenhouse, the Lanesborough and the Embassy, and by the age of 19 had been nominated ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs.

While continuing to cater for high profile events and A List clientele – this year she will cook for the second year running for HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry at The Royal Polo at Lord Lloyd Webber’s estate – Sophie has continued to blaze a trail in restaurants.

She became the UK’s youngest female Executive Chef at London’s Belgraves Hotel, where she completely overhauled the menu after the departure of Mark Hix and helped relaunch its restaurant Pont St in 2013 and left in 2016

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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 the capital's top restaurants.

Sophie has also carved out a successful career away from the kitchen as a TV presenter and food writer. She was part of Channel 4's smash hit show Cook Yourself Thin, and co-wrote the book of the same name that went on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. Other TV highlights include work on Sky Taste, Market Kitchen, Comic Relief, Iron Chef USA and Masterchef.

She has worked as an ambassador and consultant to heavyweight global brands including Ocado, Herbal Essences, HaagenDazs, DANONE, Tefal and Lindemann, and has been on the judging panel for the renowned Smith Hotel Awards and the Young National Chef of the Year Awards. She will be appearing at Taste of London this year, and also gives regular talks - recently for Corbin and King and the Boutique Hotelier Show.

Sophie is well-regarded by the press and has appeared in and contributed to countless titles from Grazia, YOU, Stella and Healthy Magazine to The Telegraph, The Times, Guardian Weekend and Observer Food Monthly.

Magazine and Newspapers


Sophie has a appeared as a guest on many TV shows, in addition to her work as a presenter. Some highlights include:

Sunday Brunch, C4

Regular guest presenter

Tonight with Trevor McDonald, ITV, 2014

Celebrity Masterchef, BBC 1, 2014

What's cooking, Lisa Faulkner and Ben Shephard, 2013

Iron Chef USA, 2012

Comic Relief, BBC, 2011

Singing with Garath Malone

Comic Relief, BBC, 2009

Let's dance

Ready, Steady, Cook, BBC, 2008

Market Kitchen, UKTV, 2007-2008

Celebrity Weakest Link, BBC, 2008

Cook Yourself Thin, C4, 2007-2008

Cooking the Books, 2007

Loose Women, ITV, 2007

Richard & Judy, ITV, 2007

Big Breakfast News, 2006

Magazine and Newspapers

Sophie has provided articles and content for an array of notable publications. Some of this Include:

The Mail

Plus the weekend magazine and YOU magazine

The Times

Plus Stella magazine


Marie Claire

BBC Good Food

Easy Living

The Observer

The Telegraph

The Sun

The Mirror

The News of the world






Sophie enjoys a great relationship with some of the world's best received brands. Some of these include:

Pommery Champagne


Merchant Gourmet

Wellbeing chef




More than just a bit on the side campaign

Total Greek Yoghurt, 2015

Cookbook and demonstrations

Sweet Eve Strawberries, 2014

Posh Bird Eggs, 2013

Olive It! 2013

EU Olive campaign with Jose Pizzaro

The Damned and the Beautiful, 2013

Pop Up

Food and Wine Show, Jo’Burg, 2012

Clemengold, South Africa, 2011

Plums and peaches, South Africa Beautiful Fruit, 2011

Haagen Dazs, 2011

Pop Up

South Africa Tourist board promo, 2010

Grapefruit, South Africa Beautiful Fruit, 2010

Ocado, 2010

Healthy eating plan

Uncle Bens, 2009

Tefal Actifry, 2009

Lindeman’s Early Harvest wine, 2008


Sophie has 2 Restaurants. Pont St at Belgraves in London and The Gorgeous Kitchen at Heathrow Airport.


Gorgeous Kitchen

The Gorgeous Kitchen opened at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, in June 2014 as part of the airport’s regeneration project. It is …

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