Former Masterchef star announces restaurant venture

Reece Elliott

Former Masterchef The Professionals contestant, Reece Elliott, has partnered with an established Sheffield restaurant to launch ‘Raffina by Reece Elliott’.

Elliott, 24, impressed judges on the BBC TV show in 2020, having previously scooped second place in Junior Masterchef of Great Britain at 19 years old.

The new phase of the restaurant comes as Raffina marks almost a year in business since its launch in May 2021.

Situated on Ecclesall Road, Raffina by Reece Elliott will offer a relaxed, refined dining experience. Its menu will launch in March and offer Italian-inspired food, delivered with a modern twist.

The restaurant will be offering its new lunch and dinner menus Wednesday to Saturday and will also be open for drinks and Italian inspired sweet and savoury treats from the bar throughout the day on Monday to Saturday.

Elliott has over eight years of culinary experience, including as chef at the three-rosette Cavendish Hotel in Baslow, Derbyshire, which has been his home for the past three years.

He has cooked alongside a highly regarded line-up of Michelin starred chefs including Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Raymond Blanc, Tom Kerridge and James Martin. Sous Chef Jamie Fullen will also be joining Elliott at Raffina from the Cavendish.

Elliott said: “Running my own kitchen, designing my own menu, and having my own team is now a reality, and I couldn’t think of a better location to start this new venture.

“Raffina is a beautiful restaurant, and being on Ecclesall Road, just up from Endcliffe Park, is in the perfect location.

“Our menu will bring a range of Italian inspired tastes. We are confident everyone will love our take on some of the classics and our new combinations.

“As a Sheffield-based chef, this is a real landmark opportunity for me and my team to deliver the best culinary expertise within the area.”

Elliott added that he is now on the lookout for people to join his team and be part of his venture. Roles available include chef de partie, pastry chef, kitchen porter and several waiting staff positions.

Raffina by Reece Elliott is due to open in March 2022.