Bethan Disley-Jones

Tell us about yourself

Before I entered FutureChef I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school. Food Tech was one of my favourite lessons at school, so becoming a chef has always been in the back of my head. However, I had no idea how to become a chef and that’s how FutureChef has helped me.

Since getting involved with Springboard and FutureChef has your life changed?

Entering FutureChef has helped me become a much more confident person. It has allowed me to meet amazing people and given me experiences that I will never forget.

Before entering I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life and just saw cooking as a hobby. However, the more skills and techniques I learnt with my mentor Gareth Billington, the more I realised that cooking was what I wanted to do when I left school.

What are you doing now?

I still have another year left at school and will take my GCSEs next summer. When I finish school I would like to get an apprenticeship in a restaurant.

I have just come back from an amazing experience at Ascot. It gave me a real insight into what it is like to work in a busy kitchen.

I’m really looking forward to the summer as I’ve been asked to do a demo with a celebrity chef at the Formby Food Festival. I will also be doing a week’s work experience at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant – which is so exciting!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years’ time I’d love to be working in one of the best restaurants in the country.

I’d love to visit places like Australia and try different countries’ cuisines. A lot of chefs I’ve met have travelled and have advised me to do the same.

What tips or advice would you give for someone considering their career options/getting involved with FutureChef?

I’d advise everyone to enter the FutureChef competition. It will give you amazing opportunities and experiences.

Even if you don’t cook much at home, you should still get involved as you will learn so much along the way. Even if you don’t win, just by entering you’re learning skills you can use for the rest of your life.

Remember to always work clean and be organised in the kitchen. I’ve learned that it helps you a lot.