Great British Menu 2021: Everything you need to know, which chefs are competing, who are the national finalists and more

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Series 16 of the BBC's Great British Menu has returned to our screens and we're excited as ever for the competition that scouts out the UK's best chefs and challenges them for our entertainment.

After her debut in the series' Christmas Special, Andi Oliver will be the host, and judges Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton OBE are now joined by chef, food writer and TV presenter Rachel Khoo.

Which chefs are competing on Great British Menu 2021? 

The chefs on this year's series, each representing their region of origin, are as follows: 

Central region, airing on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March

- Sabrina Gidda, The AllBright, London

Shannon Johnson, Hicce, London

Liam Dillon, The Boat Inn, Lichfield

- Stuart Collins, Docket no 33, Shropshire

Veteran chef/judge 

Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Simon Rogan

Scotland, airing on Wednesday 31st March, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd April

Roberta Hall-McCarron, The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh

Amy Elles, The Harbour Café, Fife

Stuart Ralston, Aizle, Edinburgh

Scott Smith, Fhior, Edinburgh

Veteran chef/judge 

Tom Brown

London and South East, airing on Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th April

Kim Ratcharoen, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

Oli Marlow, Roganic and Aulis, London and Hong Kong

Tony Parkin, Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room, Surrey

Ben Murphy, Launceston Place, London

Veteran chef / judge

Paul Ainsworth

Wales, Airing on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April

Hywel Griffith, Beach House Restaurant, The Gower

Nathan Davies, SY23, Aberystwyth

Ali Borer, The Nutbourne, London

Chris Cleghorn, The Olive Tree, Bath

Veteran chef / judge

Tommy Banks

North East, airing on Wednesday 21st April, Thursday 22nd April and Friday 23rd April

Alex Bond, Alchemilla, Nottingham

Ruth Hansom, The Princess of Shoreditch, London

Tom Spenceley, Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London

Gareth Bartram, Winteringham Fields, North Lincolnshire

Veteran chef / judge

Simon Rogan

Northern Ireland:

Paul Cunningham, Brunel’s, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Gemma Austin, Alexander’s, Holywood

Phelim O’Hagan, Brown Bonds Hill, Londonderry

Andy Scollick, The Boat House, Bangor

North West:

Kirk Haworth, Plates, London

Dan McGeorge, Rothay Manor, Lake District

Dave Critchley, Lu Ban, Liverpool

Ashwani Rangta, Gupshup, Altrincham

South West:

Jude Kereama, Kota and Kota Kai, Porthleven, Cornwall

Elly Wentworth, The Angel, Dartmouth

Nick Beardshaw, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, London

Nat Tallents, The Box, Plymouth

How many heats or regions are there on Great British Menu?

The show pits chefs from eight regions against each other, with three competing chefs from each location: Scotland, the South West, the North West, Wales, Central, the London South/East area, the North East and Northern Ireland.

Where can I watch Great British Menu series 16?

Great British Menu will air on BBC Two every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting on March 24th at 8pm. The be all and end all finals week and Banquet will take place on the week beginning May 10th. All episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

What is this year's theme on Great British Menu? 

This year, the theme celebrates British Innovation, thirty years after Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web and Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut to go into space. This year's competition is likely to showcase technological advances in the kitchen, full of molecular gastronomy, gadgets and futuristic props.

Last year the aspiring chefs were tasked with putting together the best possible dishes to meet the Children's Literature theme - with all of the frills and props one can imagine. 

When does Great British Menu 2021 start?

The 2021 series of Great British Menu starts on Wednesday 24th March on BBC Two at 8pm, with three episodes a week running for eight weeks. The chefs will cook for the Banquet on the week commencing May 10th.

Which chefs made it to the National Finals on Great British Menu 2021?

Who won the central heat?

Stuart Collins, chef and owner of Docket 33 made it through to represent the Central region in the National Finals.

Who won the Scotland heat?

Roberta Hall-McCarron, chef and owner of The Little Chartroom will be representing Scotland in the National Finals. 

Who won the London and South East heat? 

Oli Marlow, head chef at Roganic and Aulis London and Hong Kong not only secured a spot in the national finals but beat the Great British Menu record for the highest score across four courses: he received 38 points from veteran judge Paul Ainsworth and 38 from the sum of points awarded by Matthew Fort, Oliver Peyton, Rachel Khoo and guest judge Professor Chris Jackson.

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Editor 14th April 2021

Great British Menu 2021: Everything you need to know, which chefs are competing, who are the national finalists and more