Emily Ludolf (born in 1990 in Lyne, Surrey, England) was the youngest-ever finalist when she appeared in the 2008 series of BBC TV show MasterChef, a reality tv show for amateur cook. In the finals Ludolf competed against Jonny Stevenson and James Nathan, the latter eventually winning the competition. Ludolf drew media attention after the show was broadcast after having confounded the judges, Gregg Wallace and John Torode, with her own strange culinary inventions, which have later been published in various newspaper and magazine articles.
Ludolf was educated at Gordon's School in Woking, Surrey, and in October 2007 began reading English at Wadham College, Oxford University. Since the competition she also has written articles on cooking for Delicious Magazine and the Sunday Telegraph, writes a regular restaurant review column for the Oxford University magazine, and writes a cooking blog.
- David Wilkes, 'Teenage Emily pipped to the MasterChef crown (but her daring recipes still steal the show)', Daily Mail, 29 February 2008.
- Carl Gavaghan, 'Jelly on the menu for Masterchef finalist', Get Surrey, 4 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
- Delicious Magazine (interview)