Elly Wentworth triumphs in the semi finals of MasterChef: The Professionals



Lucknam Park’s Junior Sous Chef, Elly Wentworth, has made it through to the finals of MasterChef: The Professionals. Elly was awarded a stellar ten out of ten by Marcus Wareing for her tart in the first round, before receiving an array of positive comments from the food critics in the Quarter Finals.

Elly began her catering career at the tender age of 13 where she started as pot washer at a local pub.  She went to Plymouth City College to study for an NVQ Level 2 in professional catering and also took an apprenticeship at St Mellion Golf Club in Cornwall. Elly then worked in restaurants in Wales and the Lake District before returning to the South West to work at Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth and then at the Elephant Restaurant in Torquay.

From Devon, Elly moved to the Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe in Wiltshire, where she worked as Chef de Partie.  Here she entered and won the Young Professional class of the South West Chef of the Year competition in 2012 and again in 2014 before going on to win the title of South West Chef of the Year that same year.

In June 2015, Elly took a position as Chef de Partie at Lucknam Park, Bath and graduated to Junior Sous Chef three months later. In the same year she reached the final of the Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year competition. The following June she was one of four winners of a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence (kitchen category).

MasterChef: The Professionals, airs Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8pm on BBC Two.

I was absolutely delighted but not at all surprised to see Elly do so well on MasterChef: The Professional. She is a huge talent and has a huge career in front of her. The entire brigade and myself are so proud to have her as part of the team here at Lucknam Park and will be rooting for her in Knockout Week.

Hywel Jones

I am delighted to have got onto the programme and thrilled to have received a 10 out of 10 from Marcus Waring in my first round.

Elly Wentworth