Simon Wood is MasterChef Champion 2015, and was crowned winner earlier this year when he wowed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with his menu inspired by classic flavour combinations, Octopus and Chorizo, Pigeon and Blackberry and Lemon and Lime. Former Data Manager, Simon (39) started cooking when he could ‘reach the top of an oven’. His passion began when, at eight years old, he won a competition to be anything for a day and he chose to be a chef. Thirty years later Simon’s MasterChef win saw him fulfilling a dream he has had since he was young.
Since winning MasterChef, Simon has recently been appointed executive chef of Oldham Event Centre part of Oldham Athletic Football Club where he will be working across fine dining events in the club and offering masterclasses. His areas of passion include fine dining and the art of plating, and teaching. His ambition is to create delicious food that makes people smile and is currently offering private dining experiences through his website www.simonwoodcooks.com
Simon was born and grew up in Chadderton in Oldham. He is single and still lives in Oldham, where he shares time with his four children, Liam (20), Alex (18) Cameron (16) and Charlotte (7).