Essex teenager wins apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann through Le Cordon Bleu

By Emma Eversham

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Zoe Reynolds from Eastwood in Essex has won an apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann as part of her Grand Diplome with Le Cordon Bleu
Zoe Reynolds from Eastwood in Essex has won an apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann as part of her Grand Diplome with Le Cordon Bleu
Essex teenager Zoe McReynolds has scored herself an apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann after winning Le Cordon Bleu's culinary scholarship Le Grand Diplôme. 

Eighteen-year-old McReynolds, who has no experience in the industry, was declared the winner of the cook school's £30k scholarship at an award ceremony in London last night (Wednesday). 

The scholarship includes training at Le Cordon Bleu at its Centre of Excellence in Bloomsbury Square, London, a nine month apprenticeship with Koffmann at his Knightsbridge restaurant and accommodation. 

McReynolds, who counts chefs Clare Smyth and Phil Howard as her inspiration, said: "I am thrilled. I owe an enormous amount to the dozens of friends and family who have supported me.”

Le Grand Diplôme was introduced last year to give 17 to 20-year-olds with no experience of the industry, a chance to learn from the best in the industry. Last year's winner, Abigail Watson, landed an apprenticeship with Tom Aikens.

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