Great British Menu 2023: Everything you need to know, which chefs are competing, who are the national finalists, when is the banquet and more

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Great British Menu 2023 theme is celebrating animation and illustration for 65 years of paddington. The panel of judges remains the same for series 18 of the competition and we start with the north east region.

  1. For the third year running, former judge, chef, restaurateur and TV presenter Andi Oliver will host the show, which starts on Tuesday 31st January at 8pm on BBC, pitting 32 of the country's best chefs against each other for a chance to cook for some of the most celebrated names in British television.

All episodes of 2022's series 17 of the programme are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. We'll update this page with everything you need to know so scroll down to see more.

When does Great British Menu 2023 start?

Series 18 of Great British Meni starts on January 31st 2023 and will run for eight weeks, culminating in a banquet meal celebrating the theme, with a regional chef cooking each course and a champion of champions.

What channel will Great British Menu be on?

Great British Menu will be broadcast on BBC Two.

What is the Great British Menu 2023 theme? 

Great British Menu contestants will create dishes for Paddington Bear's 65th birthday, the chefs will be taking inspiration from the best of British animation and illustration when creating their dishes, from cartoons to video games. Expect props a plenty and recognisable characters making appearances left, right and centre, as the chefs try to capture the imagination of the judges.

Who are the veteran judges?

While the veteran judges are revealed on a week-by-week basis, they usually include Angela Hartnett, Michael O'HarePaul Ainsworth and Richard Corrigan.

Who are the judges on the Great British Menu?

Returning for 2023 are judges Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, chef and restaurateur Nisha Katona, and comedian and host of food podcast Off Menu, Ed Gamble.

How many heats / regions are there?

The show pits chefs from eight regions against each other, with four 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.

One chef will be eliminated at the end of the first day of cooking each week, meaning they only have their canapés, starters and fish courses to prove themselves.  Another chef will then leave the competition after their final score from the veteran judge, in the second episode of the week.  

The final two chefs in each region to cook for the judges, who each week will be joined by a guest.

During finals week the eight regional finalists compete against each other, four of whom will cook a dish at the banquet, and an additional runner-up serving their canapés and pre-desserts at the banquet. 

Who are the Great British Menu Chefs 2023? 

North East Chefs: January 31st, 1st and 2nd 

Cal Byerley, chef owner of Restaurant Pine

Will Lockwood, head chef, Roots

Gareth Bartram, chef director, Winteringham Fields

Rory Welch, chef owner, Träkol

Veteran judge

Angela Hartnett


South west Chefs: February 7th, 8th, 9th

Andrew Tuck, Head Chef, St Kew Inn

Nick Beardshaw, Head Chef, Kerridge's Bar & Grill

Amber Francis, Head Chef, The Zebra Riding Club

Charlotte Vincent, Head Chef, Hotel Meudon

Veteran judge

Michael O'Hare 


Wales Chefs: February 14th, 15th, 16th

Simmie Vedi, Head Chef at Bully's

Georgia Sommerin, Senior Sous Chef at Home by James Sommerin

Tom Westerland, Head Chef of Knipe Grill at Gilpin Lake House

Mark Threadgill, Head Chef at Hotel Portmeirion

Veteran judge

Lorna McNee


North West Chefs: February 21th, 22nd, 23rd

László Nagy, Head Chef, Nags Head in Tarporley

Sam Grainger, Chef Owner, Belzan and Madre

Danielle Heron, Chef Owner, Osma

Caroline Martins, Chef Owner, The Sao Paulo Project

Veteran judge

Lisa Goodwin-Allen


Scotland Chefs: February 28th, March 1st, 2nd

Adam Handling, Chef Owner of Adam Handling Restaurant Group

Mark McCabe, Co-Owner of The Ethicurean

Tunde ‘Abi’ Abifarin, Chef-Founder of Farin Road

Kevin Dalgleish, Chef Owner of Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish

Veteran judge

Tom Aikens


London and South East Chefs: March 7th, 8th, 9th

Avinash Shashidhara, Head Chef, Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai

Robbie Lorraine, Chef Owner, Only Food and Courses

Ferdinand Montoya, Chef Owner, Sarap Restaurant

Brian Danclair, Chef Owner, Danclair’s Kitchen

Veteran judge

Tommy Banks


Northern Ireland Chefs: March 14th, 15th, 16th 

Gemma Austin, Chef Patron of A Peculiar Tea

Matt Jordan, Head Chef of Shu Restaurant Belfast

Kerry Roper, Head Chef at Stix and Stones

John Hollywood, Freelance Development Chef

Veteran judge

Aktar Islam


Central Chefs: March 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Tom Shepherd, Chef Patron of Upstairs by Tom Shepherd

Marianne Lumb, Freelance Executive Chef

Kareem Roberts, Head Chef at Trinity

Thom Bateman, Chef Owner of The Flintlock at Cheddleton

Veteran judge

Paul Ainsworth


When is finals week? When is the GBM banquet?

This is yet to be announced.

Who was crowned Champion Great British Menu 2022?

Spencer Metzger, head chef of The Ritz Hotel's one Michelin-starred restaurant, took home the title of champion with Tom Kerridge commenting: “It was a perfect banquet dish, and the room clearly loved it. Spencer, a fully deserved winner.”

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Great British Menu 2023: Everything you need to know, which chefs are competing, who are the national finalists, when is the banquet and more