Sophie Rahnema

I have been mad about food and drink since taking a Saturday job at a Mediterranean deli at University where I studied Brand Promotion and Journalism. Here I learned to cook, making regular dishes of the day for customers and learning a little about the Spanish wine I was serving. I've always been a keen writer, writing blogs during my twenties, but after getting sucked into the world of work, writing was sadly put on a back burner. During my career as a Creative Account Manager, my passion for food and drink grew, as I hunted out special places to eat and practised my skills at home. As a lot of people did during the lockdown, I took a long look at my career. Was I doing what was making me happy? I applied for the role of Confidential Guides Editor at Confidentials in Manchester - one of the biggest food and drink publications in the North West. Now, through my work, I am invited to restaurant openings, have the opportunity to write restaurant reviews, and work closely with the hospitality industry in Manchester to give it the coverage it deserves through our platform. I've also had the opportunity to present short Instagram Reels about new openings in Manchester for our audience. I am half-Iranian and grew up in a house with a real clash of cultures. Sadly, my father passed away when I was a teenager, and I use food to stay connected to him and the rest of my family as much as possible.

Special subjects

I am currently working on Confidential Guides ( which is one of the leading restaurant guides in the north of England. I am Confidentials' resident "expert" on Italian and Iranian cuisine. This is the food I cook for myself at home, and the kind of food I love to eat.

Languages spoken

English (and a tiny bit of Farsi - not enough, shamefully)

Regular work

Editor and writer for I regularly contribute to with restaurant reviews and new openings articles.

Commercial interests

I do not stand to gain commercially from potential membership.

Sophie Rahnema