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]. He was educated at Millfield in Somerset.

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]

From 2013-2016 he ran his own restaurant, The Green Room, at The Retallack Resort near Padstow, Cornwall.

In March 2016, James took over as Head Chef at The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, Cornwall


  1. ^ Food - Recipes from Programmes. BBC. Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
  2. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20110604175509/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article5716214.ece. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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