Great British Menu

Great British Menu

Infobox Television
show_name = Great British Menu

caption =
format = Cookery
runtime = 29 min. per episode
presenter = Jennie Bond (Series 1 & 2) [Jennie Bond was both the presenter and the narrator for the first 2 series but however was just the narrator for the third]
narrated = Jennie Bond (Series 3 - )
language = English
network = BBC
first_aired = 2006 -
num_series = 3
num_episodes =
website =
imdb_id = 0977628

"Great British Menu" is a BBC television series in which top UK chefs compete for the chance to cook one course of a four course banquet. The first series banquet was for the Queen on her 80th birthday. The second series was to cook for the British Ambassador to France at the British Embassy in Paris. The third series was to prepare a banquet to be held at the Gherkin in London, hosted by Heston Blumenthal.


The series is presented by Jennie Bond, former BBC Royal Correspondent. Each week, two chefs from a region of the UK create a menu which is tasted and judged by Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton. One chef each week goes through to the final, where the judges taste the dishes again and award them marks out of ten. The three dishes that have scored the highest for each course are then put to the public vote. The music to the series was written by Daniel Pemberton.

During the first series, it was decided that a chef could only win one course overall, therefore any chef who won the public vote for a particular course was then eliminated from any subsequent courses they had been shortlisted for. As the results for all four courses were announced on the same day, some chefs were eliminated under this rule "after" the public had voted for them. This system may have contributed to the subsequent result of chefs from each of the four counties of the UK being represented at the final banquet. During series two, this rule was dropped, as highlighted by Mark Hix winning both the main course and dessert. [ [ BBC - Food - TV and radio - About the show ] ]

eries one (2006)

The birthday meal for the Queen was on 17 June 2006 and for 300 people, so each dish created had to be suitable for a summer banquet. All recipes have been published in a book by Dorling Kindersley.


*John Burton Race and Michael Caines (won heat) represent the South West of England
*Antony Worrall Thompson and Galton Blackiston (won heat) represent the Midlands and the East of England
*Marcus Wareing (won heat) and Simon Rimmer represent the North of England
*Paul Rankin and Richard Corrigan (won heat) represent Northern Ireland
*Tom Lewis and Nick Nairn (won heat) represent Scotland
*Angela Hartnett and Bryn Williams (won heat) represent Wales
*Gary Rhodes and Atul Kochhar (won heat) represent South East of England

Final result

Starter – smoked salmon with Irish soda bread, woodland sorrel and cress [ (recipe)] – Richard Corrigan

Fish course – pan-fried turbot with cockles and oxtail [ (recipe)] – Bryn Williams

Main course – loin of roe venison with rosti, celeriac, cabbage, carrot and game gravy [ (recipe)] – Nick Nairn

Dessert – custard tart with Garibaldi biscuits [ (recipe)] – Marcus Wareing

Great British Christmas Menu

From 11–15 December, 2006, a special Christmas edition of the series was shown. This involved the four winning chefs creating a four course Christmas dinner that viewers could prepare at home.

Unlike the original series, only one chef was able to be crowned the winner and there was no special prize at stake (i.e. the meal won't be cooked for The Queen). The final result was decided by the judges and a viewers' vote; 30p from calls made in order to vote was donated to Children in Need.

Final result

1st – Richard Corrigan (Northern Ireland)

2nd – Marcus Wareing (England), Nick Nairn (Scotland)

4th – Bryn Williams (Wales)

eries two (2007)

Series two started broadcasting on 2 April 2007. The format was the same as before, with the winning chefs from each region from series one taking on new challengers. The final menu was cooked at the British Embassy in Paris at an Ambassadors Dinner.


* Week 1 – 2 April to 6 April – Galton Blackiston and Sat Bains (won heat) represent the Midlands and the East of England
* Week 2 – 9 April to 13 April – Bryn Williams (won heat) and Matt Tebbutt represent Wales
* Week 3 – 16 April to 20 April – Nick Nairn and Jeremy Lee (won heat) represent Scotland
* Week 4 – 23 April to 27 April – Richard Corrigan (won heat) and Noel McMeel represent Northern Ireland
* Week 5 – 30 April to 4 May – Atul Kochhar (won heat) and Stuart Gillies represent the South East of England
* Week 6 – 7 May to 11 May – Michael Caines and Mark Hix (won heat) represent the South West of England
* Week 7 – 14 May to 18 May – Marcus Wareing and Mark Broadbent (won heat) represent the North of England

Final result

Starter – ham, egg and peas [ (recipe)] – Sat Bains

Fish course – whole poached wild salmon and duck egg dressing with wheaten bread and country butter [ (recipe)] – Richard Corrigan

Main course – rabbit and crayfish stargazy pie [ (recipe)] – Mark Hix

Dessert – perry jelly and summer fruits with elderflower ice cream [ (recipe)] – Mark Hix

eries three (2008)

Series three began broadcasting on 17 March 2008. The chefs will be competing for the opportunity to cook a four-course dinner to be held in June, at the restaurant at the top of the iconic Norman Foster-designed "Gherkin" building in London. The host is a chef who is responsible for putting contemporary British cooking on the global culinary map—Heston Blumenthal—and his guests will include top chefs from around the world along with gourmets and celebrities who represent a cross section of modern Britain.

This year the series began with seven special programmes in which Great British Menu judge, Matthew Fort, travels around the UK, selecting the two chefs who will go through to represent their region in the competition.


*Southwest: Richard Guest, Chris Horridge, Elisha Carter and Chris Wicks
*Northern Ireland: Danny Millar, Noel McMeel, Liz Moore and Nick Price
*London and the South-east: Jason Atherton, Jake Watkins, Adebola Adeshina and Atul Kochhar
*Wales: Angela Hartnett, Chris Chown, Stephen Terry and James Sommerin
*North: Mark Broadbent, Michael Wignall, Nigel Haworth and Anthony Flinn
*Scotland: Michael Smith, Matthew Gray, Tony Singh and Tom Kitchin
*Central region: Aaron Patterson, Sat Bains, Rupert Rowley and Glynn Purnell


*Central region: Sat Bains vs Glynn Purnell (Winner)
*Wales: Angela Hartnett vs Stephen Terry (Winner)
*North of England: Nigel Haworth (Winner) vs Anthony Flinn
*Scotland: Tom Kitchin (Winner) vs Matt Gray
*Northern Ireland: Danny Millar (Winner) vs Noel McMeel
*South-West: Chris Horridge (Winner) vs Elisha Carter
*South-East: Jason Atherton (Winner) vs Atul Kochhar

Final result

Starter – Bacon, lettuce and tomato with Croque Monsieur ( [ recipe] ) - Jason Atherton

Fish course - Organic salmon and smoked salmon with crab fritters and cockle 'popcorn' ( [ recipe] ) - Stephen Terry

Main course – Dexter beef fillet, ox cheek, smoked potato puree and marrow bone ( [ recipe] ) - Jason Atherton

Dessert – Strawberries with tarragon and black pepper honeycomb with burnt English cream surprise ( [ recipe] ) - Glynn Purnell


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