THE Great British Menu has returned to our screens with a host of accomplished chefs who are cooking up some delicious treats for the judges.
Previous editions of the BBC show has featured culinary heavyweights including Richard Corrigan, Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton, Glynn Purnell and Tom Kerridge.
Series 15 of The Great British Menu is now airing on BBC Two[/caption]
Which chefs are competing in The Great British Menu?
The number of chefs competing in 2020 has increased to 32.
And for the first time FOUR chefs will compete in regional heats.
Each week, the lowest scoring chef will leave after the starters and fish course in the first episode of the weekly heats.
They will not get the chance to cook their whole menu.
On day two of the competition, the three remaining chefs will go head-to-head over main course and desserts.
The two highest scoring chefs cook for the judges in the final Friday episode – only one can get the chance to represent their region in the national finals.
The first week focused on chefs from the central belt[/caption]
- Sally Abé – The Harwood Arms, London
- Niall Keating – Whatley Manor, The Cotswold
- Alex Claridge – The Wilderness, Birmingham
- Dom Robinson – The Blackbird, Berkshire
London and the South East
- Steve Groves – Roux, Westminster
- Kerth Gumbs – Ormer, Mayfair
- Karl O’Dell – Texture, Marylebone
- Ivan Tisdall-Downes – Native, Southwark
- Ross Bryans – Les 110 de Taillevent, London
- Roberta Hall – The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh
- Amy Elles – The Harbour Café, Fife
- Gordon Jones – Menu Gordon Jones, Bath
- Alex Greene – Deane’s EIPIC, Belfast
- Shauna Froydenlund – Marcus at the Berkley, London
- Paul Cunningham – Brunels, Newcastle
- Leigh Ferguson – Clenaghan’s, Moira
- Hrishikesh Desai – The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
- Tom Barnes – Simon Rogan’s Rogan & Co and L’Enclume, Lake District
- George Farrugia – Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Garden, London
- Sam Buckley – Where the Light Gets In, Manchester
- Joe Baker – No 10, St Helier
- Guy Owen – Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Cornwall
- Harriet Mansell – Robin Wylde, Lyme Regis
- Thomas Carr – Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, Ilfracombe
- Georgia Sommerin – Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
- Hywel Griffith – Beach House, Oxwich Bay
- Tom Phillips – Restaurant Story, London
- John Chantarasak – AngloThai, various
- Samira Effa – TRUEfoods (supplier), Ripon
- Alex Bond – Alchemilla, Nottingham
- Josh Angus – Hide, London
- Ruth Hansom – Pomona’s, London
Who are the Great British Menu judges?
Matthew and Oliver were part of the original line-up when the show was first created back in 2006.
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It’s not just up to the three judges, however, as each week a guest judge will be joining them to help select the best dishes from each region in the Friday regional final.
Comedian Susan Calman will present The Great British Menu 2020.
She said: “I’ve been a super fan of Great British Menu for years and I can’t quite believe I’m being transported from my sofa into that famous kitchen.
“The brief is superb this year and I can’t wait to get stuck in alongside the veteran chefs and the judges.
“Imagine being able to taste some of the most incredible food from the best chefs in the country? It’s a foodie dream come true.”
The Great British Menu kicked off on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 8pm, on BBC Two.
The episodes will be one hour long.