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Chef Rob’s a Michelangelo in margarine

Rob Stordy and his prize-winning margarine Bo PeepAn intricately detailed statue of a shepherdess sculpted from fat has won University of Derby Chef Lecturer Rob Stordy his second first prize in a row at one of Britain’s best-known culinary arts festivals.

Rob’s Bo-Peep, created entirely from a kind of margarine normally used to make pastry, took the gold medal at the British Cookery Championships held during the Hospitality 2015 show at the Salon Culinaire, in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

The medal joins a stack of awards Rob has won for sculpting in pastry margarine, which he describes as having a plasticine consistency which gives a finished work a life of up eight months if carefully kept.

“It’s something I enjoy doing – a hobby really,” said Rob’s, whose many other honours have included UK University Chef of the Year.

“I was useless at art in school,” said Rob, who, because he never had any training in sculpture, was surprised when his very first attempt won him a bronze medal in a national competition.

Bo-Peep, who took months to complete, survived the car journey from the Buxton campus, where Rob teaches, to Birmingham without any mishap – or losing her sheep.