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Great British Menu 2019 Line Up Revealed - and it moves to prime time!

It's back - and this time it is all about the music!

Great British Menu Line Up Revealed
Great British Menu Line Up Revealed

Great British Menu is back on BBC Two this spring putting the nation’s most talented chefs to the test. With a brand new format and slot on peak television, the series will see 24 chefs from across Britain’s regions compete to serve their dish at the final banquet. Here, at the famous Abbey Road Studios, just one exceptional chef will once again be crowned champion of champions.

Produced and filmed in The Midlands, the series recognises the best of British with renowned chefs from every corner of the country, each looking to impress our judges with a unique take on the theme. With a new format, two mid-week hour-long episodes will see chefs present their dishes to the formidable veteran judges who represent the biggest names in the UK restaurant scene, including Tom Aikens, Angela Hartnett, Paul Ainsworth, and Daniel Clifford.

The week will conclude with a 30 minute regional final each Friday where just two chefs will need to convince the judges that their dishes deserve a spot in the national finals and - if they’re impressive enough - to be served up at Abbey Road Studios.

It’s not just up to the three judges, however, as each week a guest judge will be joining to help select the best dishes from each region in the Friday regional final. Representing Britain’s rich music heritage across the generations, guest judges include Mani from the Stone Roses, Andrew Ridgley from Wham!, and hip-hop musician Loyle Carner.

Great British Menu judge Matthew Fort says:

“If music be the food of love, eat up. Series 14 of the Great British Menu celebrates the brilliance of British restaurant cooking and flair of British music. Both just keep getting better and better.”

Chefs, guest judges and veterans:

London and South East

Competing chefs:

Ben Marks, Perilla, London

Luke Selby, Hide, London

Paul Walsh, City Social, London

Friday guest judge: Mani (Gary Mounfield) former bass player, Stone Roses and Primal Scream

North East

Competing chefs:

Michael Carr, formerly Restaurant 92, Harrogate

Samira Effa, formerly Alimentum, Cambridge, now The Box Tree, Ilkley

Tom Anglesea, The Laughing Heart, London

Friday guest judge: Pete Waterman, Record Producer


Competing chefs:

Kray Treadwell, Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

Sabrina Gidda, AllBright, London

Ryan Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire

Friday guest judge: Ali Campbell, UB40

North West

Competing chefs:

Adam Reid, Adam Reid at The French, Manchester

Hrishikesh Desai, The Gilpin Hotel, Lake District

Liam Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire

Friday guest judge: Amy MacDonald, singer-song writer


Competing chefs:

Ben Reade, Edinburgh Food Studio, Edinburgh

Gordon Jones, Menu Gordon Jones, Bath

Lorna McNee, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles

Friday guest judge: Keisha Buchanan, former member of Sugababes

South West

Competing chefs:

Emily Scott, St Tudy Inn, Cornwall

Joe Baker, Number 10, Jersey

Lee Smith, Samphire, Jersey

Friday guest judge: Rev. Richard Coles, former member of The Communards


Competing chefs:

Andrew Sheridan, formerly Sosban, Camarthenshire

Tom Westerland, The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel, Wiltshire

Cindy Challoner, formerly The Classroom, Cardiff

Friday guest judge: JB Gill, former member of JLS

Northern Ireland

Competing chefs:

Alex Greene, Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

Chris McClurg, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall

Glen Wheeler, 28 Darling St, Enniskillen

Friday guest judge: Loyle Carner, hip hop musician


Finals judges

Starter: Martin Kemp, former member of Spandau Ballet Fish: Kanya King, founder Mobo Awards Main: Andrew Ridgeley, former member of Wham! Dessert: Peter Hook, former member Joy Division and New Order

Veteran judges across the series

Tom Aikens / Daniel Clifford / Michael O’Hare/ Paul Ainsworth / Phil Howard / Richard Corrigan / Tommy Banks

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