Who is chef Owen Vaughan, 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 Owen Vaughan, formerly the Head Chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, in North Wales.

Owen has been Head Chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel for the last two years, until he recently announced via social media that he will be leaving the position to start a new position





Where are you from/where do you live?

Barmouth, Northwestern Wales

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 influences of different flavours from around the world, such as French, Thai and Spanish.”

How did you become a chef?

“I always knew I wanted to cook because I’ve always enjoyed it at home. It’s something that I felt came quite naturally to me. From then it became an obsession. I’d always be looking online, watching cooking programmes and reading cookbooks. I just wanted to learn as much as I could. I was (and still am) obsessed with food.”

Where have you worked?

Previous training and roles include: Started in Bwyty Mawddach at 15; Commis and then Junior Sous Chef at Pale Hall Hotel; Head Chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

"My career highlight so far is definitely becoming a Head Chef at 23 and retaining two AA Rosettes.”

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

“I’ve always loved and watched the programme over the years. I don’t think I’ve missed a series! So, it’s always been a dream to compete in it myself.”




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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 7th December 2022

Who is chef Owen Vaughan, MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 finalist?