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London Ritz pastry chef from Manthorpe in the running to be crowned Miss East Midlands

A pastry chef at The Ritz Hotel in London from Manthorpe is in line to be crowned Miss East Midlands.

Jodie Whitehead, 19, competed in Miss Lincolnshire and then was invited to take part in Miss England East Midlands semi finals at Leicester Tiger’s Welford Road Stadium on May 31.

The winner will be crowned Miss East Midlands and also go forward to the Miss England finals.

Jodie with some of her sweet treats (9200720)
Jodie with some of her sweet treats (9200720)

A confident Jodie said: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“There’s a lot of girls that have been taking part in beauty pageants for years and I’ve only been doing it a few months.

“There’s a number of categories such as an eco dress, charity round and publicity.”

The former Casterton College pupil and New College Stamford student will be competing against 15 other girls and 10 will go through to the Miss England final later this year.

Jodie is raising money for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, which is the official charity of Miss East Midlands and is aiming to raise around £1,000.

And how did she become a pastry chef at a luxury hotel?

“I worked at the William Cecil for about three years and then got accepted onto a professional patisserie and confectionary course at Westminster College in the third year which they don’t normally do,” she explained.

“I did work experience at The Ritz and they offered me a job there last summer.”

On May 11, there is a fundraising car boot sale in Essendine for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group between 11 am and 3 pm.

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