One of the customers which the new owner of Deepdale Cafe at Burnham Deepdale has served up a meal for is none other than world famous Michelin-starred celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
Sophie Widdowson, 25, has taken over the cafe at Dalegate Market and is running it with the help of her mum, Viv, and stepfather Graham Ball.
“It was seriously nerve-racking cooking for Marco – I know how those MasterChef competitors feel now, but he was really friendly and complimentary,” said Sophie.
And Marco praised Sophie for taking up her new challenge. He said: “Very few people have the courage to do what young Sophie has done at such a young age, My admiration and respect for that young lady are enormous and I wish her well – she deserves all the success she has witnessed so far.”
The celebrity chef re-launched The Chequers just a few miles away in Thornham in April.
Sohpie was inspired to run her own business by her late father, Nigel Widdowson, who died seven years ago. “He was the main influence for me to have my own business,” said Sophie.
For Sophie her new venture is a return to the same premises where she used to work preparing food when the cafe first opened. “My aim now is to bring the cafe back to how it used to be – it’s a cafe rather than a restaurant.
“We will offer all kinds of food, including the all-day breakfast which is very popular, and my aim is to cater for everyone.
“I have added my own personal touch to the cafe, which I intend to be warm, welcoming and colourful.”
She is supported in running the business by Viv, who deals with the accounts and Graham, who helps out where needed.
Deepdale Cafe opens 7.30am to 5pm daily.