Great British Menu is back – and this time the nation’s top chefs are competing to create incredible dishes which celebrate ‘a taste of summer’ and pay tribute to 140 years of the Wimbledon Championships.
Across eight regional heats, 24 chefs will compete in the toughest competition of their lives. Their dishes must capture the tastes, smells and colours of summer, and pay tribute to the incredible history and prestige of Wimbledon. Just as the Championships attract the top sporting talent from around the globe, so the chefs must display the same passion and precision required to win at the highest level.
In each regional heat, they’ll first have to impress one of the surprise veteran judges, who between them hold an incredible eight Michelin stars and whose identity won’t be revealed until they walk through the door. The two highest-scoring chefs will then face the formidable panel of judges Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and, for the first time this year, restaurateur and food broadcaster Andi Oliver.
This week it’s the turn of three chefs from London and the South East who are all first-timers in the competition. Tom Kemble is one of the youngest chefs in the country to hold a Michelin star and cooks at a restaurant in one of London’s most exclusive auction houses. He’s up against Mike Reid, who has cooked around the world and trained under both Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux Jr, and Selin Kiazim, rising star of the London scene, renowned for her Turkish Cypriot fusion flavours.
On Friday, the panel of judges is joined by Leon Smith, Davis Cup Captain and former coach of Andy Murray.
Who will make it through to represent London and the South East in the national finals?
Great British Menu Episodes 1-4 air Tuesday 2 May to Friday 5 May from 7.30pm-8.00pm on BBC TWO