A new series of ‘Great British Menu’ returns to our screens tonight (Tuesday May 2).
The first of 45 30-minute episodes airs at 7pm on BBC2.
In the series, 24 chefs will compete for a chance to show off their culinary skills at a banquet honouring 140 years of the Wimbledon Championships.
Across eight regional heats, the chefs have been challenged to create outstanding dishes that capture a ‘taste of summer’ and the prestige of Wimbledon.
Tonight, it’s the turn of three chefs from London and the south-east. 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 is up against Mike Reid, who has cooked around the world and trained under both Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux Jr, and Selin Kiazim, a rising star of the London scene renowned for her Turkish Cypriot fusion flavours.
The two top scorers will face the judging trio of Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver and Matthew Fort.
Oliver Peyton is a renowned restaurateur and the founder of Peyton and Byrne bakery in London. Awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry, he is the author of two cookbooks: ‘The National Cookbook: Recipes from the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery’ and ‘British Baking’.
Andi Oliver is a restaurateur and food broadcaster who recently opened her new venture, Andi’s, in London. She has previously hosted her own cookery show on BBC Two entitled ‘Neneh & Andi Dish It Up’, and appeared as a judge on ITV’s ‘Food Glorious Food’. She is also a regular contributor to ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’ on BBC Radio 4.
Matthew Fort is a highly regarded food writer and critic, and author of several books. He has been won awards including Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year, Glenfiddich Restaurant Writer of the Year, and The Restauranteurs Association Food Writer of the Year.
He was formerly Food and Drink editor of ‘The Guardian’ newspaper and has presented several television shows including the Good Food channel’s ‘Market Kitchen’.
L-R: Judges Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver and Matthew Fort