Judith Lang is set to become the new head chef of vegetarian Terre à Terre restaurant in Brighton.
Lang, who has already worked at Terre à Terre for a year and has brought her education and travel experience to bear on the restaurant's menu, will take up her new role next month.
Lang studied Modern History at Oxford then professional cookery in Sunderland before moving to Japan for two years, working and travelling.
On her return to the UK, she worked at the highly renowned Jesmond Dene House Hotel and then Six Restaurant in Newcastle before joining Terre à Terre, owned by Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor.
Lang said: "Food and cooking to me are both inextricably linked to history and stories. You can make spicy, pickled cabbage and it can be great, or you can make kimchi and have a link to Korean tradition spanning back hundreds of years: both are delicious but only one has magic in it. Great food should be evocative of times and places, both known and unknown."
She added: "The most exciting prospect is not being limited by specific geographical cuisine; bringing food from all places and societies together creates both memorable and celebratory experience."
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