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

Reece Elliott, 24, born and bred in Sheffield, impressed judges on the BBC TV show Masterchef: The Professionals in 2020, having previously scooped second place in Junior Masterchef of Great Britain at just 19 years old. He wowed the panellists with his expertise and showcased his talent for creating refined culinary masterpieces.

The new phase of the restaurant comes at an exciting time for Raffina as it marks almost a year in business since its launch in May 2021.

Situated on Ecclesall Road in one of the most iconic buildings in the area, Raffina by Reece Elliott will offer a relaxed, refined dining experience and a vibrant atmosphere for people to enjoy.

Raffina by Reece Elliott’s new menu will launch in March and offer incredible Italian inspired food, delivered with a modern twist, using the highest quality ingredients.

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

Reece has over eight years of culinary experience, including 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 Reece at Raffina from the Cavendish.

Reece has always dreamt of running his own kitchen and creating food in his home city, so when the opportunity came up to partner with Raffina, he knew it was the right move for him.

Reece said: “I am delighted to be announcing Raffina by Reece Elliott – it is an absolute dream come true. 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.

“From wild mushroom and truffle arancini and sea bream ceviche for starters; to pan-fried cod fillet and pork loin and belly for the main course, we will be providing diners with an exceptional experience.

“Growing up in Sheffield, I would often admire the building that now houses Raffina. It’s an iconic building on Ecclesall Road, and I am looking forward to putting it back on the map.

“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.”

Reece is now on the lookout for people to join his team and be part of his new venture. Roles available include Chef De Partie, Pastry Chef, Kitchen Porter and several waiting staff positions. To apply or to find out more information, please email claire.madej@redbrik.co.uk.

Raffina by Reece Elliott is due to open in March 2022. The official opening date will be announced on the restaurant’s social media channels and their website, www.raffina.co.uk.

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