Winner of South West Chef of the Year (overall) 2014
Winner of South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2012 and 2014
Elly entered South West Chef of the Year for the second time in 2014 and in so doing, became the first chef to win the Young Professional award twice! She also went on to win the overall South West Chef of the Year award.
Elly began her catering career at the tender age of 13 where she started as pot washer at a local pub. She knew that catering was for her and 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. It was from here that she entered and won the Young Professional class of the South West Chef of the Year competition in 2012 and again in 2014. going on to win the title of overall South West Chef of the Year in 2014!
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 2017, Elly was promoted to sous chef in the newly launched Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park.
As winner of South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2014, Elly secured her place in the semi-final of the Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year competition 2015, successfully reaching the final! Elly has also reached the final of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence. In 2016 Elly competed in the BBC’s MasterChef The Professionals successfully reaching the final 3 contestants!