The BBC’s Great British Menu is coming to an end with a team of passionate chefs battling to serve their food at a banquet.
This year’s theme is ‘100 years of great British broadcasting’ after the very first BBC radio broadcast in 1922.
This year’s banquet will take place at Alexandra Palace in London with special guests from television and radio.
This week’s judges will include Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, chef and restaurateur Nisha Katona, and comedian and Off Menu food podcast host Ed Gamble.
Andi Oliver will present the show and actor, writer and comedian Steve Pemberton will join the judging panel for tonight’s show.
Here’s everything you need to know about the competitors in this week’s National Finals.
Great British Menu 2022 finalists
From where? Bristol
Where is the restaurant? Adelina Court, Bristol
Olivia’s Italian heritage and family memories strongly influence her cooking.
Olivia opened Adelina Yard in 2015 with her husband Jamie Randall and won two Rosettes, a Michelin plate and was named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants.
Age: 28 years old
From where? Chigwell, Essex
Where is the restaurant? The Ritz of London
Spencer first joined the Ritz at just 15 for work experience.
He also worked there as an apprentice and made stays at L’Enclume in Cumbria and at Frantzén in Stockholm.
He won the Roux scholarship in 2019 and received The Caterer’s Acorn award.
Age: 26 years old
From where? Macclesfield
Where is the restaurant? Glebe House, Devon
Sam is the head chef at Glebe House after winning a competition as an apprentice at River Cottage with 18-year-old Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
He likes to use seasonal and local ingredients, using local suppliers and locally raised livestock.
From where? County Down, Northern Ireland
Where is the restaurant? Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
Chris has appeared on GBM before, with three of his four dishes placing second behind the week’s winners of the finals.
He worked with chef Paul Ainsworth for over 10 years and is now head chef at No 6.
No. 6. Has a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes and Chris was named Chef of the Year by Observer Food Monthly in 2018.
From where? Cambridge
Where is the restaurant? Joro, Sheffield
After moving to Sheffield 11 years ago and starting as a kitchen porter aged 14, Luke rose through the ranks to work in the kitchens of Alimentum and The Fat Duck before moving to Steel City.
Luke opened Jöro with his wife Stacey Sherwood, serving dishes with Nordic/Japanese influences.
It earned a Michelin plate, three AA rosettes and a 32nd place at the National Restaurant Awards.
He also opened Konjö in Sheffield and Nama in Liverpool.
From where? Mansfield, Nottingham
Where is the restaurant? The Pem, London
Sally is a consulting chef at The Pem restaurant at the Conrad London Hotel in St. James’s.
She worked at THe Savoy and Claridges before starting work under Brett Graham at The Ledbury, two Michelin stars.
She became head chef at the Hardwood Arms in Fulham where she retained her Michelin star status before opening The Pem in July 2021.
Sally was also named Woman Chef of the Year by SquareMeal in 2021.
From where? Wolverhampton
Where is the restaurant? SY23, Aberystwyth
Nathan has a varied career ranging from working for Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to being a private chef in France.
He was Gareth Ward’s head chef in Ynyshir for four years before opening SY23 in 2019.
Nathan makes his own pine oil and uses locally sourced or fire-cooked ingredients.
From where? Dundee, Scotland
Where is the restaurant? Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden
Sustainability is central to Adam’s approach with a focus on reducing food waste.
He launched The Adam Handling Restaurant Group in 2016 and opened The Loch and the Tyne in Old Windsor, before opening Ugly Butterfly on the Cornish coast in St Ives.
Adam won Scottish Chef of the Year and was voted Restaurateur of the Year at the British GQ Food and Drink Awards 2020.
When is Great British Menu on TV?
This week, Great British Menu will air every weekday on BBC Two.
Contestants will cook a different dish each day in hopes of winning a chance to cook at the banquet.
Here is the program for the week of the finals:
9 p.m. Monday, March 28 – Admissions
8 p.m. Tuesday March 29 – Fish
9 p.m. Wednesday March 30 – Sector
8 p.m. Thursday March 31 – Desserts
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 – The Banquet
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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 14:32:36