James Nathan

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James Nathan is a barrister best known as the winner of the BBC's MasterChef 2008, having beaten Emily Ludolf and Jonny Stevenson in the grand final.[1]

Along with his wife Linsey Stroud, James was co-author of The Trailrider Guide - Spain: Single Track Mountain Biking in Spain.[2] Nathan practised criminal law in Bristol for two years before moving to Spain with the intention of opening a restaurant.[2] Unable to get a permit from the Spanish authorities, Nathan returned to the UK and applied for the MasterChef competition.[3]

Since winning the MasterChef title he has worked at Richard Corrigan’s restaurant, Bentleys Oyster Bar in Piccadilly, Michael Caines’ Michelin-starred Bath Priory in Bath,[2] and at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.[4]

As of 2013, he is working in his own restaurant, The Green Room, at The Retallack Resort near Padstow, Cornwall.


  1. ^ Food - Recipes from Programmes. BBC. Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
  2. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  3. ^ MasterChef winner James Nathan owns Spanish restaurant | The Sun |Showbiz|TV. The Sun (2008-03-05). Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
  4. ^ Masterchef winner James Nathan | Bristol news. This is Bristol (2009-11-03). Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
Preceded by
Steven Wallis
BBC Masterchef champion
Succeeded by
Mat Follas