Ahead of her appearance on Great British Menu this evening, we caught up with Elly Wentworth, head chef at the Angel, Dartmouth.
What was your best subject at school?
Business studies or PE – I used to play hockey
What was your first job?
I used to deliver the local newspaper after school
What was your first job in catering?
My first job was actually making pasties in Cornwall. Then I started an apprenticeship through college in Plymouth and I worked at Tanners in Plymouth
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Mostly cereal, or a cheeky crumpet
What do you do to relax?
I love walking or just chilling at home, watching a TV series
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Paco Tapas in Bristol. Amazing vibe and the food is amazing. I love watching them cook
What's your favourite hotel?
Lucknam Park hotel – the grounds are beautiful and it is just an amazing place!
What is your favourite drink?
I love a good coffee!
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
I generally love all cuisines but I do love a pasta dish
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Pickled herrings or sea urchin
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Marmite – either you love it or hate it! I'm a hater
What do you always carry with you?
A brand new sharpie
How would you describe your desk?
I haven't got a desk. Most likely a section in the kitchen after service
Which person in catering have you most admired?
I really admire Michael Caines. I think he's a legend in the hospitality sector – a true chef to look up to
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Chris Tanner, James Tanner and Hywel Jones
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
It's got to be a Wispa – I love them. Or a cheeky pack of bagels
What daily newspaper/website do you read?
Local papers around Dartmouth, but mostly BBC News online. Or Instagram and Facebook – they update me on everything I need to know
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Someone who is inspiring and can make a change
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
When a supplier is late
When and where was your last holiday?
I went to Cape Verde in January 2019 – it was amazing
Tell us a secret...
I'm am identical twin!
What's your favourite film?
Step Brothers is just hilarious. And The Hundred-Foot Journey is class
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
Most likely my twin sister – except for the cooking part
What's your favourite book?
Daniel Clifford's cookbook
Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?
Chris Tanner of the Kentish Hare, Richard Davies of Calcot Manor, Michael Wignall of the Angel at Hetton, Jeffrey Robinson of the New Yard in Cornwall, Mark Stinchcombe of Severn & Wye Smokery, Lisa Goodwin-Allen of Northcote and Monica Galetti. I can do the washing up!
If you had more time, what would you do?
I'd work at a two-star abroad and learn a different style of cooking
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