Mike Bartley

DJAM KITCHEN, pronounced 'jam' with a silent 'D' - an abbreviation of mine and my two sons' initials. Born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, I competed in Masterchef 2021, winning a coveted Masterchef apron and received strong feedback from judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, as well as guest judges Thomas Frake (Masterchef Champion 2020) and Ping Coombes (Masterchef Champion 2014).


I have lived in a number of places, including York, Malta and London, but settled back in County Durham in 2011 to start a family with my partner, Tammy. I now have 2 boys, who have given me a drive to step out of my comfort zone and follow my dreams, in the hope that they will one day do the same.


After my Masterchef adventure, I feel it would be remiss of me not to pursue my passion for food further, and that's why I am here. I hope you enjoy browsing my website - over the coming weeks and months you will see more recipes, photography, and hopefully some exciting announcements. 


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