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Rich & Easy Roasted Butternut Squash soup recipe - vegan

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Makes 4 - 100 Calories Per Serving


1 Medium Butternut Squash

2 Cups Chopped White Onions

1 TBSP Chopped Garlic

1 Cup Chopped Celery

3 Cups Water

Pinch of Salt


Place the butternut squash (unpeeled & unchopped) on a baking tray and place in the oven at 150c for 90 minutes. Once cooked leave to cool for one hour.

In a large pan place all the other ingredients into it and simmer for 45 minutes.

Cut the cooked squash lengthways. Discard the seeds and scoop the soft squash out from the skin and place in the simmering pan with the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Easy and Tasty!

My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

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