Freyja, 18, hopes to be one of Hugh’s River Cottage apprentices

Freyja Davis, 18, is competing to be one of TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's apprentices
Freyja Davis, 18, is competing to be one of TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's apprentices
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A former Corby pupil is hoping to be the face of top TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new young chef apprentice scheme.

Freyja Davis, 18, a former pupil of Brooke Weston Academy, is in with a chance of being picked to be the River Cottage’s Rising Star of 2013.

She’s already submitted her own special recipe and has been interviewed by Steven Lamb, the brand ambassador at River Cottage.

Now, to get through to the next round of the competition, she needs people to “like” her YouTube video showing her making her family’s traditional birthday breakfast of poached turkey eggs and Auntie Mattie’s famous pancakes.

Freyja, of Grafton Road, Brigstock, said: “The whole family loves Hugh and we have all his books and use his recipes.

“I was considering what to do in my gap year and heard about the launch of his apprenticeship scheme.

“I applied and submitted my recipe for sticky rabbit and was invited to the River Cottage headquarters in Axminster, Devon, for an interview and assessment with Steven Lamb.

“They are recruiting 40 apprentices and I’m still in with a chance of being one but I would really like to be the Rising Star of the scheme.”

If she is successful, Freyja will join the September intake of apprentices, but the person chosen to be the Rising Star will train at River Cottage headquarters at Park Farm

Freyja, is being supported in her bid by her mum and dad, Donna and Wayne, and siblings Sayle, 27, Imogen, 25, Avena, 21, Jocasta, 17 and 11-year-old Jaigo.

She said: “Food has always been a central part of our family life. I love the way we all gather in the kitchen at the end of the working day.

“After my interview in Devon I was convinced this is what I want to do. It would be amazing to be one of Hugh’s apprentices and bring something back to Corby where I could help people eat well, using healthy and sustainable food.”

If you would like to support Freyja, who has left school but is now sitting A level exams, watch her video on YouTube by typing Freyja Davis River Cottage Rising Star Recipe 2013 in the search line.

She has until midnight on Monday, May 20, to attract as many “likes” as possible.