Great British Menu 2023 chefs: Sam Grainger, North West Heat

Alex South

Alex South


Sam Grainger, Chef Owner of Belzan, is one of four chefs competing for the North West 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.

Sam is going head to head with chefs László Nagy, Danielle Heron and Caroline Martins in a bid to represent the North West in the regional finals, and ultimately cook a dish at the final banquet.

He lists Brad Carter, John Chantarasak and Ronnie Aronica as his personal and professional role models.

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

Full name

Sam Grainger




32, 03/10/1990.

Place of birth / residence


Relationship status / children

In a relationship.



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

Head chef at a restaurant.

Favourite type of cuisine


Path to becoming a chef

KP at a super young age and worked my way up.

Past and present place of work


Personal and professional mentors / role models 

Brad Carter/John Chantarsak/Ronnie Aronica.

Guilty pleasure dish

Greggs steak bake.

Best / worst thing about being a chef

Best, the joy you can give people by doing what you love. Worst, relentless hours.

Feelings stepping onto the GBM set

Nervous, terrified.

Plans for the future

Opening 3 more restaurants this year and a hotel!


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Great British Menu 2023 chefs: Sam Grainger, North West Heat