Great British Menu 2022 chefs: Charlotte Vincent, South West heat

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head chef at five bells in Devon Charlotte Vincent is one of four chefs competing for the South West on Great British Menu 2022

Series 17 of the competition starts on February 1st 2022 on BBC Two at 8pm and will air every Tuesday at 8pm, every Wednesday at 9pm (as of the week commencing March 7th) and Thursday at 8pm for eight weeks.

Charlotte is competing against chefs Elly Wentworth, Olivia Barry and Nat Tallents for a chance to represent the South West in the regional finals, and ultimately cook a course at the final banquet.

Nat was the first to leave the competition, sadly not having made it through to cook her whole menu for veteran judge Paul Ainsworth. Second to exit the Great British Menu kitchen was Charlotte, leaving Elly and Olivia to cook for the judge's chamber on Thursday, 17th March at 8pm. 

As 'Liv' scored higher overall for her dishes in the judges chamber, she was selected to represent the South West in the finals, which run from Monday 28th March at 9pm (starter), Tuesday 29th at 8pm (fish), Wednesday 30th March at 9pm (main), and Thursday 31st March at 8pm.

If she makes it to the banquet, she will cook for the guests at a party celebrating 100 years of the BBC on Friday, 1st April 2022 at 7:30pm.


Raised in Exeter, Charlotte completed a Masters in Psychology and Human Biology at the University of Plymouth
before joining the Royal Logistics Corp of the British Army. She then joined Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park, where she worked as a pastry chef, after which she went to The Royal Clarence Hotel in the same capacity before taking some time out of the industry. She took over at The Five Bells three years ago, earning the pub a place in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs shortly afterwards. 
Describing her food as 'Modern British,' influenced by Scandinavian and French cuisines, Charlotte's dishes on Great British Menu this year will pay tribute to Fawlty Towers and Wallace and Gromit.

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Editor 18th March 2022

Great British Menu 2022 chefs: Charlotte Vincent, South West heat