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Masterchef semi-finalist Marcus Wilcox to take over Sienna

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Sienna restaurant, located at the top of High West Street.

Sienna, the Dorchester restaurant which won a Michelin star in 2010, is to be taken over by a Marcus Wilcox who was a 2013 semi-finalist on Masterchef.

Currently head chef at the Rose & Crown in Trent, near Sherborne, Wilcox has acquired a lease on Sienna which Russell and Eléna Brown have run for 12 years.

Dorchester is fast becoming a Masterchef hub as Wilcox will join 2009 winner Mat Follas in the town who is the head chef at The Casterbridge restaurant located at the other end of the High Street.

Dorset-born Wilcox hopes to keep the Michelin star and three AA rosettes achieved by Brown at Sienna. He will retain the name of the restaurant, which will reopen in early June following a small refurbishment.

The Browns will close the restaurant on 25 April to enter a new chapter building up their hospitality business, Creative About Cuisine. Russell will also work as a consultant at Kingston Maurward College to teach and undertake recipe development.

Speaking at the time of the closure’s announcement, Brown said: “We have had an amazing run at Sienna and are both immensely proud of our achievements during the last 12 years. There is a degree of sadness in closing, but I relish the new challenges ahead.”

“I’m really excited about this new opportunity,” said Wilcox, “I always said that my ambition would be to return to Dorset and one day take over Sienna.” He describes his cooking as “modern British with a twist”.


Marcus Wilcox
Marcus Wilcox


Article adapted from The Caterer.

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