Who is chef James Checkley, MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 finalist?

Alex South

Alex South


Ahead of MasterChef: The Professionals 2022, which airs on BBC One every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 november, we find out more about the chefs taking part.

Introducing James Checkley, Head Chef at The Galley Restaurant, Topsham

He has previously worked at The Coach House by Michael Caines, Barnstaple.





Where are you from/where do you live?

Chudleigh, Devon; Langport, Somerset; Teignmouth, Devon

What type of a chef are you?

Head Chef

Do you have a favourite type of cuisine?

“I’d describe my food as modern British, with inspiration from the chefs I love.”

How did you become a chef?

“My interest in cooking stems from watching my parents run a pub, which served great food. I was then inspired by many chefs to start my own career. I love the freedom, creativity, and the joy that food brings.”

Where have you worked?

The Coach House by Michael Caines, Barnstaple; Paschoe House Hotel, Crediton

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

“Becoming a Head Chef for Michael Caines and winning Best Dish in the South West Chef of the Year Awards.”

Why did you want to take part in MasterChef: The Professionals?

“I applied to the series to push myself and to learn. I also wanted to put my food in front of the judges to gain as much experience as I could.”

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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 7th December 2022

Who is chef James Checkley, MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 finalist?