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 I am very fortunate to be asked to do a regular baking slot every month on BBC radio Lancashire with the lovely John Gilmore where I talk about all things chocolate, baking and edible yumminess but my original recipes have also appeared in magazines under 'Bakinglady' including a Dutch cooking magazine. I am always so proud when I see my name accredited with a recipe that I have devised, baked and photographed in my little old kitchen and in the words of the epic song Parklife by Blur.... It gives me a sense of enormous well being x

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Pick of the day- Sodexo magazine

This was an article that I found online recently that I had absolutely no idea was in existence. Its amazing what you find on the web when you put your name on there....

PICK OF THE DAY:

 

SHARON-ANN RILEY

 

Having only being with the company for just over a month, and with five awards until her belt from this year’s salon alone, it is easy to see that Sharon is going to do very well within Sodexo. Her bubbly spirit and excitement for the day was just infectious, and it clearly paid off.

 

WE  quickly grabbed a moment with Sharon shortly after the announcement that she had won the gold award for her novelty cake – the inspiration for which came from the hippos swimming around on the BBC advert. Innovation at its best.

“I’ve only been with Sodexo for about a month, so this is all completely new to me, I’ve never been here before so I’ve really been chucked in at the deep end. I have done cakes for quite a long time but I’ve never entered anything like this before so it was really good fun. It’s just all been really good fun. I’m so chuffed; I’m bouncing off the walls!”

As well as her incredible cake, Sharon also created a mouth watering collaboration in the Hot Deli Sandwich and Wrap category bagging herself ‘Best in Class’. If you missed the live show itself, competitors had 20 minutes to prepare and serve one bread based sandwich and one wrap of their choice, and boy were there some good choices.

Her creation of a ‘Smokey Joe’s sandwich including chicken, Portobello mushroom and pancetta served with garlic mayonnaise and cherry tomato jam, had us all wanting to lean over the barrier and grab ourselves a bite. Teaming this with her vegan ‘Power Up’ Mediterranean herb wrap, filled with roasted peppers, butternut squash, houmous, chick peas, toasted omega enriched seeds, juicy apricots, and spinach, meant that there was something for everyone’s taste. It certainly gave us a few ideas for spicing up our lunch at home.

The purpose of the Salon is to encourage competitors to showcase their talents and to learn from their experiences and as a new addition to the Sodexo family, she has definitely done exceedingly well at showing everyone just what she can do. Debbie White; CEO, tells us: “Our development of aspiring future stars is testament to our commitment to great food.” – and if this year’s Salon is anything to go by, Sharon is sure to be a future star within the company.

Words by Louise Tansley

•Cupcakes – Bronze Award

•Tapas - Silver Award and Best in Class

•Hot Deli Sandwich and Wrap – Best in Class (Silver Award)

•Decorated Novelty Cake – Gold Award

•Filled and/or Covered Sponge, Gateau or Cake – Best In Class (Gold Award)