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Take-Over Chef Biographies

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Here at Adams, we are proud to invite professional chefs into our kitchen and take-over our restaurant. On these special evenings, they showcase their talents, cooking amazing food for you to enjoy!

You can read more about our take-over chefs here:

Louisa Ellis - Masterchef, The Professionals finalist

Louisa Ellis

Louisa has been a chef now for over 8 years. She first found her love for food through cooking for her family in her teen years. Louisa decided to study cooking at school and followed it through at Barnfield College In Luton, where she grew up.

Always trying to push herself, she landed herself in a Michelin star kitchen at Adams Restaurant, Birmingham and shortly after found herself in the final three of MasterChef, The Professionals in 2017. At the time she was a Junior Sous Chef at The Wilderness in Birmingham working closely with the menus and experimenting with new and unusual foods. She then held her own exclusive pop up which took place shortly after MasterChef was released, in a penthouse suite with views at the Rotunda, Birmingham. She has also spent time at 2 Michelin stared Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.

Louisa now strives to show her passion and dedication through her constant learning and is following her dream of becoming a Private Chef – offering dining experiences in client’s own homes.

Passion and Quality with Personality!

If you are interested in speaking to Louisa about a private chef event please email her on or visit

Chef Lee Johnson - Viridi

Viridi is a pop-up vegetarian/vegan restaurant by Chef Lee Simpson. He started this pop-up as a way to showcase how amazing vegetables can be when you let them take centre-stage.

Many of the ingredients he uses on his menu are either locally sourced, foraged or grown on his allotment so you know you’re eating the best produce available.

Caire Chocholko - Student at Nottingham College

Claire is a Level 3 Professional Chef Diploma student.

Claire says

“In October 2018, I was one of the lucky students who was chosen for a three week work placement as part of the Erasmus scheme to travel to Forli in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

During this time I worked at the Ferri & Menta restaurant where I was taught how to prepare traditional and authentic recipes using the finest local and fresh ingredients.

This was a fantastic learning opportunity for me that has given me an exciting new perspective and repertoire, to work with which I will take forward with me during my career.

I have taken a selection of my favourite inspirational and typical dishes of this rich culinary region and have featured them on my menu for you… I hope you will enjoy eating them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Buon appetito”