Great British Menu 2019 chef line-up revealed!

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Great British Menu is back! The programme will mark the 50th anniversary of the last time The Beatles played live together and celebrate Britain’s continuing success as a world player in music.

Chefs competing

London and South East

Ben Marks, Perilla, London

Luke Selby, Hide, London

Paul Walsh, City Social, London 

North East

Michael Carr, formerly Restaurant 92, Harrogate

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

Tom Anglesea, The Laughing Heart, London


Kray Treadwell, Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

Sabrina Gidda, AllBright, London

Ryan Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire

North West

 Adam Reid, Adam Reid at The French, Manchester

Hrishikesh Desai, The Gilpin Hotel, Lake District

Liam Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire


Andrew Sheridan, formerly Sosban, Camarthenshire

Tom Westerland, The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel, Wiltshire

Cindy Challoner, formerly The Classroom, Cardiff 

South West 

Emily Scott, St Tudy Inn, Cornwall

Joe Baker, Number 10, Jersey

Lee Smith, Samphire, Jersey


Ben Reade, Edinburgh Food Studio, Edinburgh

Gordon Jones, Menu Gordon Jones, Bath

Lorna McNee, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles

Northern Ireland

Alex Greene, Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

Chris McClurg, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall

Glen Wheeler, 28 Darling St, Enniskillen

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 and just one exceptional chef will once again be crowned champion of champions.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the last time The Beatles played live together, judges Andi Oliver, Oliver Peyton CBE and Matthew Fort have the enviable, albeit difficult, task of choosing the perfect four-course menu to celebrate this cultural success.

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Luke Selby, Hide

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.

Andi Oliver said: “It’s all kicking off in the BEST possible way over here at GBM headquarters! We’ve moved to beautiful Stratford upon Avon in the heart of the glorious Midlands and the brief this year is just sensational. We’re celebrating the excellence and worldwide knockout success of British music.

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Andrew Sheridan

"The passionate and dynamic new talented chefs in the kitchen this year perfectly mirror the inspiring exciting world of British music and holding the banquet at Abbey Road studios is the spectacular icing on the top of a very big and very delicious cake.”

Matthew Fort added: “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.”

Watch our video with London and South East chef, Paul Walsh:




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Editor 6th March 2019

Great British Menu 2019 chef line-up revealed!