About Emma Spitzer

mma Spitzer was a Masterchef finalist in 2015, getting down to the final 3. As a die-hard fan, she’d often had fleeting thoughts about entering Masterchef. She credits seeing Ping Coombes win the year before, not to mention a significant birthday, as being the push to finally enter.

Emma was born and raised in Brighton to Jewish parents of Polish and Russian descent. Her love of cooking started from a very early age. She shadowed her mother in the kitchen who regularly cooked traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes passed down from her Polish parents. Emma loves to draw influences from her travels throughout the Middle East, her cultural heritage, and her mother-in-law’s North African roots.

Following her success on reaching the final three in MasterChef, Emma has been in high-demand. She has been teaching cookery classes and demonstrating at food festivals, running sell-out supper clubs and catering private dining events. Emma is also a public speaker at events for inspirational women and combining motherhood with a career.

She creates food with lots of passion and lots of spice. Her style is big, bold flavours with many different ingredients coming together on one plate. Gregg Wallace said “Emma is one of the best cooks we have seen throughout MasterChef” and John Torode said “Emma’s food stirs my emotion.”

Emma describes her food as comfort food, and has become known for her uncomplicated approach to food. Not one for fiddly processes, her food is definitely not a compromise on the flavour front though.

Emma’s first cookbook, Fress, was published in April 2017. The Washington Post described it as a knockout debut, and it focuses on her unfussy, uncomplicated approach to cooking. The food is happy and sociable, definitely meant for feeding a crowd, very much part of Emma’s food philosophy.

About your day

Our MasterChef days take place on the beautiful Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.

You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need during the day. Put on your MasterChef apron and get ready for the day’s challenges. We’ll provide all the equipment and ingredients that you’ll need during the day. At the end of the day, you’ll get to take your apron home with you, as well as a MasterChef goody bag.

You’ll be sitting down together during the day to eat the dishes you’ve created. We’ll also provide wine and soft drinks. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences and tips from the challenges, not to mention hearing a few stories from your MasterChef.

Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10am.