‘Great British Menu’ returns to the small screen tonight (Monday August 29) at 7.30pm on BBC2.
In series 11, the nation’s top chefs are competing for the chance to cook at a banquet held at the Palace of Westminster, in celebration of everyday great Britons honoured by the Queen.
In the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the chefs are challenged to showcase contemporary cuisine and demonstrate the transformation in British food during our monarch’s reign. The 24 chefs competing in eight heats have travelled the country meeting great Britons who have been recognised for their work for charities, local communities and the country.
In this episode, three chefs from Scotland compete be crowned Scottish champion. Adam Handling, the youngest competitor, has already won a number of industry awards. His starter aims to take the diner on a tour of the UK’s best producers.
He is up against Aberdeen-born Michael Bremner, who now runs a restaurant in Brighton. Michael is hoping to impress with contemporary ingredients including birch sap and douglas fir oil. Ally McGrath, the only chef who is cooking in Scotland, celebrates his nation’s produce by making his very own version of haggis.
Throughout the series, the chefs’ efforts will be assessed by three judges: Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort.
Oliver is a restaurateur and the founder and chairman of Peyton and Byrne. He owns a string of restaurants including those at the Royal Academy of Arts, Inn the Park, The Wallace Restaurant, The National Café, The National Dining Rooms, The Orangery and Pavilion, both at Kew Gardens and the ICA Café Bar.
Prue is a restaurateur, professional cook and caterer whose experience spans many decades. She started her catering company Leith’s Good Food and opened the Michelin-starred restaurant Leith’s in the 1960s, which, having added Leith’s School of Food and Wine in the 1970s, she then sold in 1995.
Matthew is a food writer and critic, and author of several books. In 1992 he was Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year, and in 1993, Glenfiddich Restaurant writer of the Year, as well as The Restauranteurs Association Food Writer of the Year.
Judges: Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort.