Great British Menu 2023 chefs: Mark McCabe, Scotland Heat

Alex South

Alex South


Mark mcCabe, Head Chef and Co Owner of The Ethicurean, is one of four chefs competing for the Scotland region on Great British Menu 2023.

Series 18 of the competition starts on January 31 2023 on BBC Two at 8pm and will air for eight weeks.

Mark is going head to head with chefs Adam Handling, Tunde ‘Abi’ Abifarin, and Kevin Dalgleish in a bid to represent Scotland in the regional finals, and ultimately cook a dish at the final banquet.

This is Mark's first time competing in Great British Menu.


Mark McCabe is Head chef and Co-Owner of The Ethicurean

Located in a beautifully restored Victorian walled garden, Mark with his business partner Matthew Pennington, have created an oasis of fresh produce and a unique fine dining experience.

The restaurant's ‘Ethicurean Experience’ is a set multi-course menu which showcases to guests a stunning range of seasonal produce, ending with treats around the fire overlooking the Mendip Hills.

Since opening it's doors to the public in 2010, thanks to Mark and Matthew's hardwork, the restaurant has won several accolades including a Michelin Green Award and TSC Sustainable Hospitality Business of the Year 2022.

With a focus on sustainable fine dining and tackling issues such as the cost of living crisis for hospitality operators, to launching fundraisers for Ukraine, The Ethicurean has made a name for itself as one of country's most sustainable restaurants. 


Full name

Mark McCabe




35, 17th March 1987

Place of birth / residence

I was born in Dundee and grew up in the county of Angus. I live just outside Bristol.

Relationship status / children

Single, no children.



Type of chef (restaurant, hotel, development chef, etc.)


Favourite type of cuisine

British Seasonal

Path to becoming a chef

Unorthodox! Studied English Literature at university before pursuing a career in music. Whilst doing music I worked a lot in hospitality and eventually fell into cheffing.

Past and present place of work

Previously worked at River Cottage HQ in Dorset before moving to my current position at The Ethicurean.

Personal and professional mentors / role models 

Currently love the work people who are trying to change the industry for the better like Tobie-Anna Durk at Kelly’s Cause, Kris Hall at The Burnt Chef Project or the team at Countertalk.

Guilty pleasure dish

I’m very partial to a supermarket pizza on a Sunday evening after a long weekend.

Best / worst thing about being a chef

The creativity and amazing sense of joy great hospitality brings / running a restaurant is insanely hard in today’s climate so I’d say the stress is the wort thing.

Feelings stepping onto the GBM set

It was surreal and incredibly nerve wracking. A bit of a 'pinch me’ moment for sure.

Plans for the future

Just keeping going, improving myself and the working environment around me for my team. Being as responsible a restauranteur and chef as I can.

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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 23rd February 2023

Great British Menu 2023 chefs: Mark McCabe, Scotland Heat