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Great British Menu
GBMtitle.jpg
Also known asGreat British Christmas Menu
Great British Waste Menu
Great British Budget Menu
GenreCooking game show
Presented byJennie Bond
Susan Calman
Andi Oliver
Judges
Voices ofJennie Bond
Mark Bazeley
Wendy Lloyd
Theme music composerDaniel Pemberton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series15
No. of episodes544
Production
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companyOptomen
DistributorAll3Media
Release
Original networkBBC Two
BBC One (Specials)
Picture format16:9
Original release10 April 2006 (2006-04-10) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

Great British Menu is a BBC television series in which top British chefs compete for the chance to cook one course of a four-course banquet.

Format[edit]

Series one and two were presented by Jennie Bond, the former BBC Royal correspondent, whereby each week, two chefs from a region of the UK create a menu. In series three and four, both narrated by Bond but with no presenter, three chefs from a region of the UK create a menu; only the two with the best scores went through to the Friday judging. In series five and six, the fifth narrated by Bond while the sixth is narrated by Wendy Lloyd, three chefs from a region of the UK create a menu, with in kitchen judging undertaken by a past contestant chef; only the two with the best scores go through to the Friday judging.

In each series, the Friday show is when chefs present all courses of their menu to a judging panel, tasted and judged by Matthew Fort, Prue Leith 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.

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. During series two, this rule was dropped, as highlighted by Mark Hix winning both the main course and dessert.[1]

On 28 October 2016, it was confirmed that Prue Leith was leaving the show and would be replaced by Andi Oliver for series 12 in 2017.[2]

On 1 October 2019, Susan Calman was announced as the new presenter for series 15.[3] Filming took place in Stratford-upon-Avon and was completed in November 2019. The show was broadcast in spring 2020. For Christmas 2020 special series and thereafter, Andi Oliver stepped down as a judge and has replaced Calman as the presenter.[4]

On 7 February 2021, it was announced that Rachel Khoo would be joining as a new judge when the series returns in spring 2021.[4]

Series 1 (2006)[edit]

The birthday meal for the Queen was on 16 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.

Contestants[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • 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 (2006)[edit]

From 11 to 15 December 2006, a special Christmas 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 would not 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[edit]

  • 1st – Richard Corrigan (Northern Ireland)
  • 2nd – Marcus Wareing (England), Nick Nairn (Scotland)
  • 4th – Bryn Williams (Wales)

Series 2 (2007)[edit]

Broadcasting of series 2 started 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.

Contestants[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • 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

Series 3 (2008)[edit]

Broadcasting of series 3 began on 17 March 2008. The chefs competed for the opportunity to cook a four-course dinner held in June 2008, at the restaurant at the top of the iconic "Gherkin" building in London. The host was the chef Heston Blumenthal and his guests included top chefs from around the world along with gourmets and celebrities who represent a cross section of modern Britain.

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

Contestants[edit]

Heats[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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

Series 4 (2009)[edit]

Series 4 began on 30 March 2009 and revolved around cooking a meal for British service personnel (sailors/marines/soldiers/airmen and women) returning from the War in Afghanistan. A chef from a previous series came back in this series to act as a mentor, giving the two chefs from their region guidance and advice. They were in the kitchen and acted as an unofficial fourth judge.

The North region was split this time into two groups: North-East and North-West.

Heats[edit]

Final week[edit]

Final result[edit]

Series 5 (2010)[edit]

Series 5 began on 6 April 2010 with a double episode. In this series, the participating chefs were challenged to find food producers they had not previously used, basing their search around a National Trust property in their region, with the aim to source as many of their ingredients as possible from the property itself or the surrounding area. The banquet was for producers of British food and The Prince of Wales was the guest of honour.

Heats[edit]

The format of the heats changed this year. Instead of only two chefs being present for all the heats for their region, in this year three chefs competed in the "courses" section of their heats, with two going forward to cook for the judges in the "judging" episode. As in series four, a previous participant returned each week, but with the added responsibility of scoring each chef's four courses. The chef with the lowest score at the end of the "courses" episodes was eliminated, and the remaining two cooked for the judges.

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge/mentor
Scotland Alan Murchison Michael Smith Tony Singh Jeremy Lee
North West Lisa Allen Aiden Byrne Johnnie Mountain Marcus Wareing
Central Will Holland Daniel Clifford Richard Bainbridge Glynn Purnell
South West Nathan Outlaw John Hooker Henry Herbert Michael Caines
Wales Aled Williams James Sommerin Richard Davies Stephen Terry
North East Kenny Atkinson Tim Bilton Lee Bennett Nigel Haworth
Northern Ireland Niall McKenna Derek Creagh Brian McCann Richard Corrigan
London and South East Tom Kerridge Anthony Demetre Tristan Welch Jason Atherton

Final week[edit]

In the final week running up to the banquet, the chefs cooked one course per day but instead of being ranked from first to eighth place the top three chefs were all given a possible dish at the banquet, thus allowing the judges to have more choice when choosing the menu at the end of the week.

Guest judges[edit]

  • Starter: Richard Corrigan
  • Fish: Glynn Purnell
  • Main: Jason Atherton
  • Dessert: Marcus Wareing

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Lisa Allen – Wild rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli (recipe)
  • Fish: Kenny Atkinson – Mackerel with gooseberries (recipe)
  • Main: Tom Kerridge – Slow-cooked Aylesbury duck with duck fat chips and gravy (recipe)
  • Dessert: Niall McKenna – Poached rhubarb with strawberry jelly, yellow man and lavender ice-cream (recipe)

Great British Waste Menu (2010)[edit]

A one-off, 90 minute documentary-style programme was broadcast in December 2010, Great British Waste Menu was made to highlight and discourage food wastage in Britain. In addition to showing several examples of such wastage, the programme challenged four chefs (GBM regulars Richard Corrigan and Angela Hartnett, plus Matt Tebbutt and Simon Rimmer) to create a three-course menu plus canapes from food destined to be discarded by producers, supermarkets, restaurants and regular households. Regular series judges Matthew Fort, Oliver Peyton and Prue Leith judged the results. The final menu, served as a banquet for 60 people, comprised:
Samosa canapes (Simon Rimmer)
British beef with a beef consommé and summer vegetables (Matt Tebutt)
Fresh Kent fish wrapped in courgette with a pork ratatouille (Richard Corrigan) – judged best overall dish (the 'Dustbin Award').
Ginger floating island with British summer fruits (Angela Hartnett)

Series 6 (2011)[edit]

Series 6 of The Great British Menu started on 4 April 2011. The theme for the series was sharing and communities,[5] with chefs being asked to cook food that encouraged people to come together. During the series, chefs visited and cooked for a number of community groups.

The filming started on 15 March 2011.[6]

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge
North East Andrew Pern Stephanie Moon Tim Bilton Nigel Haworth
Northern Ireland Chris Fearon Chris Bell Brian McCann Richard Corrigan
North West Lisa Allen Johnnie Mountain Bruno Birkbeck Marcus Wareing
Central Aktar Islam Richard Bainbridge Sue Ellis Glynn Purnell
South West Paul Ainsworth Andre Garrett John Hooker Michael Caines
Scotland Michael Smith Tony Singh Philip Carnegie Alan Murchison
Wales Hywel Jones Aled Williams Gareth Jones Angela Hartnett
London and South East Tom Kerridge Tom Aikens Phil Thompson Jason Atherton

Final week[edit]

In the final week running up to the banquet the chefs cooked one course per day but instead of being ranked first to eighth place the top three chefs were all given a possible dish at the banquet, thus allowing the judges to have more choice when choosing the menu at the end of the week.

Guest judges[edit]

  • Starter: Glynn Purnell
  • Fish: Richard Corrigan
  • Main: Marcus Wareing
  • Dessert: Angela Hartnett

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Chris Fearon – "Season, Shake and Curry On coronation chicken"
  • Fish course: Aktar Islam – "Sea bass with battered soft shell crab"
  • Main course: Tom Kerridge – "Hog roast"
  • Dessert: Paul Ainsworth – "Taste of the Fairground"

This result made Tom Kerridge the first chef on the Great British Menu to cook the main course twice, as well as being the first chef to cook a pork dish for the main course on the final menu.

Series 7 (2012)[edit]

Series 7 of The Great British Menu began on 9 April 2012 with Scotland being the first region to cook. The theme for the series was the Olympics to celebrate the games coming to London.[7] The chefs were tasked with creating a menu that captured the Olympic spirit and during the series they met up with Olympians from the UK to gain inspiration and advice for their menu.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge
Scotland Alan Murchison Colin Buchan Mark Greenaway Jeremy Lee
Central Daniel Clifford Paul Foster Aktar Islam Glynn Purnell
North East Colin McGurran Charlie Lakin Stephanie Moon Nigel Haworth
Northern Ireland Chris Fearon Chris Bell Niall McKenna Richard Corrigan
North West Simon Rogan Aiden Byrne Johnnie Mountaina Marcus Wareing
South East & London Phil Howard Marcus McGuinness Graham Garrett Jason Atherton
Wales Stephen Terry James Sommerin Richard Davies Angela Hartnett
South West Nathan Outlaw Paul Ainsworth Simon Hulstone Tom Kerridge
with assistance from Jason Atherton
^a After the fish course results, Johnnie Mountain did not appear at the start of the main course, leading to his elimination from the regional heats.

Final week[edit]

in the final week, the winning eight chefs battled for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points. The three highest-scoring dishes for each course went forward for consideration for the final menu. Unlike previous finals weeks, the judges eliminated some dishes based on their performance in the previous round; unless the chefs had made significant changes in response to the feedback received at the regional final, the judges did not wish to taste and score the unsuitable course a second time. The Olympic banquet was shown in the final show, which was broadcast on 8 June, with all four dishes being prepared and presented for 100 guests.

Guest judges[edit]

  • Starter: Richard Corrigan
  • Fish: Marcus Wareing
  • Main: Tom Kerridge
  • Dessert: Angela Hartnett

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Colin McGurran – "Quails in the Wood" (recipe)
  • Fish Course: Phil Howard – Cornish mackerel with oysters, mussels, winkles and samphire (recipe)
  • Main Course: Daniel Clifford – Slow poached chicken, sweetcorn egg, spinach with bacon and peas (recipe)
  • Dessert: Simon Rogan – Poached pears, atsina cress snow, sweet cheese ice cream and rosehip syrup (recipe)

Daniel Clifford was the first person to win the main course with chicken

Series 8 (2013)[edit]

Series 8 of The Great British Menu, titled Great British Menu Does Comic Relief, commenced on 28 January 2013, with the banquet hosted for people associated with the Comic Relief charity event, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Celebrity guest judge
South East & London Tom Aikens Adam Simmonds Matt Gillan Richard Corrigan Arabella Weir
Scotland Michael Smith Mark Greenaway Tony Singh Angela Hartnett Debra Stephenson
North West Aiden Byrne Mary-Ellen McTague Chris Holland Phil Howard Rowland Rivron
North East Colin McGurran Stephanie Moon Charlie Larkin Jason Atherton Tim Brooke-Taylor
South West Peter Sanchez-Iglesias Emily Watkins Chris Eden Tom Kerridge
assisted by Phil Howard
Simon Day
Northern Ireland Raymond McArdle Chris Fearon Ian Orrb Glynn Purnell Charlie Higson
Central Daniel Clifford Richard Bainbridge Will Holland Marcus Wareing Vic Reeves
Wales Richard Davies Mary Ann Gilchrist Luke Thomas Jeremy Lee Emma Kennedy
^b Ian Orr's and Raymond McArdle's scores tied but were below Chris Fearon's. To break the tie, Glynn Purnell chose Raymond's menu over Ian's.

Final week[edit]

The final week saw the winning eight chefs battle for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu, but in the main course, the judges added a ninth "wild card" chef, the defeated Central area finalist, Richard Bainbridge, as they thought that his dish was worthy enough to be included for the banquet. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points, but in a twist for this series, all the other chefs marked each other's dishes and put their votes in a ballot box. The average score from the chefs was then added to the scores from the judges, who like in the heats, were joined by a comedy guest for each course.

Guest judges[edit]

The three highest-scoring dishes for each course went forward for consideration for the final menu, but in a final twist, as the judges could not decide which dessert dish should go to the banquet, they decided that both Richard and Daniel's dishes deserved to be put forward to the banquet, with them serving to half the guests each. The Comic Relief banquet was shown in the final show, which was broadcast on 29 March, with all five dishes being prepared and presented for 80 guests.

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Tom Aikens – "Chicken Egg, Egg Chicken"
  • Fish: Aiden Byrne – "Prawn cocktail"
  • Main course: Michael Smith – "I Love Kids, But I Couldn't Eat a Whole One"
  • Dessert: Richard Davies and Daniel Clifford – "Strawberries and Cream" and "Going Out With A Bang"

Series 9 (2014)[edit]

Series 9 of The Great British Menu, titled Great British Menu: The D-Day Banquet, commenced on 7 April 2014, with the banquet hosted for people who fought on D-Day, of which it was the 70th anniversary in 2014. The banquet was broadcast on 6 June. It was held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Veteran guest judge
Northern Ireland Chris McGowan Raymond McArdle Will Brown Tom Kerridge
assisted by Marcus Wareing
Celia Sandys
grand-daughter of Winston Churchill
North West James Durrant Mary-Ellen McTague Mark Ellis Daniel Clifford George Batts
in Royal Engineers during D-Day
South West Emily Watkins Josh Eggleton Dominic Chapmanc Sat Bains Ken Sturdy
signalman during World War II
Central Aktar Islam Mark Poynton Jason Hodnett Marcus Wareing Max Hastings
London and South East Tom Sellers
Adam Simmonds
N/A Adam Byatt Richard Corrigan Joy Hunter
worked in Cabinet War Rooms on D-Day
North East Colin McGurran Paul Welburn Frances Atkins Phil Howard Molly Rose
flew in Air Transport Auxiliary
Scotland Jacqueline O'Donnell Stevie McLaughlin Neil Rankin Jeremy Lee Jim Radford
believed to be youngest participant in the Normandy Invasion (as a Merchant Navy Galley Boy)
Wales David Kelman Mary Ann Gilchrist Andy Beaumont Angela Hartnett Martin Bell
^c Emily Watkins's and Dominic Chapman's scores tied but were below Josh Eggleton's. To break the tie, Sat Bains chose Emily's menu over Dominic's.

Final week[edit]

In the final week, the winning nine chefs battled for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu, but in the dessert, Tom Sellers was taken ill, so only eight chefs competed on that day. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points, and like the last series, all the other chefs marked each other's dishes and put their votes in a ballot box. The average score from the chefs was then added to the scores from the judges, who like in the heats, were joined by a D-Day veteran for each course. One other added twist was that before the final marks were given, the chefs and judges each saw what the top three would have been if only the chefs were marking.

Guest judges[edit]

The three highest-scoring dishes for each course went forward for consideration for the final menu. The D-Day banquet was shown in the final show, which was broadcast on 6 June, with all four dishes being prepared and presented for the veterans and special guest, David Cameron.

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Adam Simmonds – "Your Share"
  • Fish: Emily Watkins – "We Shall Fight Them On The Beaches"
  • Main course: James Durrant – "Blitz Spirit"
  • Dessert: Colin McGurran – "Homage To The Dickin Medal"

Series 10 (2015)[edit]

On 10 June 2015, it was announced that Series 10 of Great British Menu would be broadcast "later in the summer" with the chefs battling it out to cook a course at the banquet at Drapers' Hall in London to celebrate 100 years of the Women's Institute.[8] The series eventually began on 3 August 2015.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge WI guest judge
Scotland Jak O'Donnell Graham Campbell Jimmy Li Michael Smith Angela Baker
WI calendar girl
South West Josh Eggleton Dominic Chapman Jude Kereama Emily Watkins Radhika Bynon
Member of the Forest Gate WI
Wales Adam Bannister Phil Carmichael Stephen Gomes Tom Kerridge
assisted by Tom Aikens on fish course
Rosemary Bishton
Long-standing member of the WI
Northern Ireland Ben Arnold Chris McGowan Danni Barry Phil Howard Felicity Cloake
Food writer
North East Michael O'Hare Tim Allen Mini Patel Marcus Wareing Kirsty Bowen
WI Sheffield president
North West Matt Worswick Eve Townson Mark Ellis Sat Bains Sabrina Ghayour
London & South East Matt Gillan Lee Westcott Mark Froydenlund Daniel Clifford Mary Gwynn
Food writer & author
Central Rich Bainbridge Pip Lacey Jason Hodnett Richard Corrigan Helen Carey
Former WI chair

Final week[edit]

In the final week, the winning eight chefs battled for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points, and like the previous two series, all the other chefs would be marking each other's dishes and putting their votes in a ballot box. The average score from the chefs was then added to the scores from the judges, who like in the heats, were joined by a WI member for each course. Another added twist was that before the final marks were given, the chefs and judges each saw what the top three would have been if only the chefs were marking.

In another twist for this series, due to the fact that the chefs are cooking for the WI, the judges revealed that only "perfect dishes" would make the shortlist, and unlike the mandatory three in the previous series, for some courses, there might be more or less than that.

Guest judges[edit]

  • Starter: Angela Baker
  • Fish: Kirsty Bowen
  • Main course: Felicity Cloake
  • Dessert: Mary Gwynn

The shortlisted dishes for each course went forward for consideration for the final menu. The WI Centenary banquet was shown in the final show, which was broadcast on 9 October, with all four dishes being prepared and presented for the WI guests.

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Rich Bainbridge – "We All Stand For Jerusa-lamb"
  • Fish: Michael O'Hare – "Emancipation"
  • Main course: Matt Gillan – "Teaching And Preaching"
  • Dessert: Rich Bainbridge – "Inspiring Women"

Series 11 (2016)[edit]

On 30 May 2016, it was announced that Series 11 of Great British Menu would also be broadcast "later in the summer" with the chefs this time cooking in the dining room of the House of Commons in London to celebrate the "Great Britons" of Elizabeth II.[9] The series began on 29 August 2016.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Briton guest judge
Scotland Michael Bremner Adam Handling Ally McGrath Daniel Clifford Tim Hayward
South West Josh Eggleton Jude Kereama Chris Wheeler Lisa Allen
assisted by Simon Rogan
Grace Dent
North West Adam Reid Matt Worswick Kim Woodward Phil Howard Lady Claire MacDonald OBE
Wales Phil Carmichael Adam Bannister Andrew Birch Michael Smith Rosie Birkett
Central Danny Gill Daniel Smith Andrew Scott Angela Hartnett Enam Ali
London & South East Mark Froydenlund Russell Bateman Ronnie Murray Richard Corrigan Kevin Gould
North East Tommy Banks Mini Patel Chris Archer
taken ill after fish course
Tom Aikens John Williams
Northern Ireland Mark Abbott Chris McGowan Eddie Attwell Michael O'Hare Amol Rajan

Final week[edit]

In the final week, the winning eight chefs battled for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points, and like recent series, all the other chefs marked each other's dishes and put their votes in a ballot box. The average score from the chefs was then added to the scores from the judges, who like in the heats, were joined by a veteran for each course. As with recent series, before the final marks were given, the chefs and judges each saw what the top three would have been if only the chefs were marking.

Guest judges[edit]

As with the previous series, if certain dishes were thought to be more banquet-worthy than all the other dishes, then the dishes would immediately advance to the banquet.

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Mark Abbott – "Ordinary To Extraordinary"
  • Fish: Tommy Banks – "Preserving The Future"
  • Main course: Mark Froydenlund – "A Celebration Of Rose Veal"
  • Dessert: Adam Reid – "Golden Empire"

Series 12 (2017)[edit]

The chefs had to cook for a banquet in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Wimbledon. This was the first series with Andi Oliver as a judge, replacing Prue Leith.[10]

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Tennis guest judge
London & South East Selin Kiazim Tom Kemble Mike Reid Angela Hartnett Leon Smith
South West Tom Brown Dom Chapman Andy Clatworthy Michael O'Hare Marion Regan
North West Ellis Barrie Paul Askew Tom Parker Daniel Clifford Greg Rusedski
North East Tommy Banks Josh Overington Danny Parker Jeremy Lee Judy Murray
Scotland Michael Bremner Ally McGrath Angela Malik Nathan Outlaw Gary Parsons
Wales Phil Carmichael Nick Brodie Paul Croasdale Tom Aikens Dan Bloxham
Central Pip Lacey Ryan Simpson Nick Deverell-Smith Rich Bainbridge Jordanne Whiley
Northern Ireland Tommy Heaney Eddie Attwell Joery Castel Michael Smith Mansour Bahrami

Final week[edit]

In the final week, the winning eight chefs battled for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points, but in a change to recent series, the chefs no longer had a vote on the dishes. In a further twist, the result for each course was announced at the end of each day, rather than a shortlist of a few dishes being carried forward to the end of the week. In the event of a dead heat, the three regular judges would decide which dish went through to the banquet.

Guest judges[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Pip Lacey – "Whatever The Weather"
  • Fish: Tommy Banks – "Turbot With Strawberries & Cream"
  • Main course: Michael Bremner – "The Grass Is Greener"
  • Dessert: Selin Kiazim – "Honouring Venus Rosewater Champions"

Series 13 (2018)[edit]

The 2018 Great British Menu was about celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service (NHS), with 24 chefs attempting to win a place on the final banquet menu, to cook "A Feast To Say Thank You" for people of the NHS to be held in the Great Hall of St Bartholomew's Hospital.[11]

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Medical guest judge
North East Dan Fletcher Danny Parker Dave Coulson Angela Hartnett Dr Anne Weaver
London & South East James Cochran Selin Kiazim Scott Goss Tom Aikens Jenny Turner
Scotland Lorna McNee Ross Bryans Ben Reade Phil Howard Dr Sara Kayat
Central Marianne Lumb Ryan Simpson-Trotman Sabrina Gidda Daniel Clifford Dan Smith
Wales Chris Harrod Andrew Sheridan Jason Hughes Paul Ainsworth Aneira Thomas
South West Tom Brown Jude Kereama Olivia Barry Richard Corrigan Barbara Childs
North West Ellis Barrie
Craig Sherrington
N/A Liam Simpson-Trotman Michael O'Hare Dr Jake Dunning
Northern Ireland Tommy Heaney Shauna Froydenlund James Devined Jeremy Lee Shehan Hettiaratchy
^d Tommy Heaney's and James Devine's scores tied but were below Shauna Froydenlund's. To break the tie, Jeremy Lee chose Tommy over James.

Final week[edit]

In the final week, the winning nine chefs battle for their dishes to be part of the final banquet menu. Each day, the chefs cooked one of their courses for the four judges, who each marked the dish out of a possible ten points. As with the previous series, the chefs no longer had a vote on the dishes, and the result for each course was announced at the end of each day, rather than a shortlist of a few dishes being carried forward to the end of the week. In the event of a dead heat, the three regular judges would decide which dish went through to the banquet. After the four winning chefs had been announced, the judges revealed that for the first time ever, the guests at the banquet would vote for their favourite dish and a Champion of Champions would be crowned.

Guest judges[edit]

  • Starter: Rangan Chatterjee
  • Fish: Chris Ogden
  • Main course: Tom Lynch
  • Dessert: Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent

Final Result[edit]

  • Starter: James Cochran – "Cep-tional"
  • Fish: Ellis Barrie – "Bun in the Oven"
  • Main course: Tom Brown – "Poor Man's Goose"
  • Dessert: Chris Harrod – "Tea and Cake"
  • Champion of Champions: James Cochran

Series 14 (2019)[edit]

In the 2019 Great British Menu, 24 chefs competed to serve a course at Abbey Road Studios for the 50th anniversary of the last time that The Beatles played together.[12]

The kitchen had moved to a new location in Stratford-upon-Avon and, in a change to the transmissions, instead of being five 30-minute shows broadcast between Monday to Friday, the shows became two 1-hour shows on Wednesday and Thursday, with the starter and fish courses on the Wednesday and the main and dessert courses on Thursday, with the judging being unchanged as a 30-minute show on Fridays.

Heats[edit]

Location Won heat Runner-up Eliminated Judge Musical guest judge
London & South East Luke Selby Ben Marks Paul Walsh Angela Hartnett Mani
North East Tom Anglesea Samira Effa Michael Carr Michael O'Hare Pete Waterman
Central Kray Treadwell Sabrina Gidda Ryan Simpson-Trotman Paul Ainsworth Ali Campbell
North West Adam Reid Hrishikesh Desai Liam Simpson-Trotman Tom Aikens Amy Macdonald
Scotland Lorna McNee Gordon Jones Ben Reade Richard Corrigan Keisha Buchanan
South West Lee Smith Joe Baker Emily Scott Daniel Clifford The Rev. Richard Coles
Wales Andrew Sheridan Tom "Westy" Westerland Cindy Challoner Phil Howard JB Gill
Northern Ireland Chris McClurg Alex Greene Glen Wheeler Tommy Banks Loyle Carner

Final week[edit]

As in the previous series, all eight chefs cooked all their menus and each course winner was picked at the end of each day. Following the announcement of all the course winners, the judges confirmed that they also wanted the chefs to create vegetarian options of their meals and, like the previous year, there was also a "Champion of Champions" vote with all the diners.

Guest judges[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • Starter: Luke Selby – "The British Invasion"
  • Fish: Tom Anglesea – "Lost Souls in a Fish Bowl"
  • Main course: Adam Reid – "Comfort Food 'Sounds' Good"
  • Dessert: Lorna McNee - "Lime and Sunshine, There's Enough for Everyone"
  • Champion of Champions: Lorna McNee

Series 15 (2020)[edit]

In the 2020 Great British Menu, many changes were announced to the format. The comedian Susan Calman became the host and hosted in the kitchens at Stratford-upon-Avon. Also, for the first time since series 3, each region had four chefs, instead of three. Each chef was to cook six courses, instead of the usual four. As well as the traditional starter, fish course, main course and dessert, each chef had to create two other courses, which although not marked by the judges, could be used as a tie-breaker if needed. They were an amuse-bouche at the beginning, and a pre-dessert palate cleanser between the main and dessert courses.[13]

The theme for the series was children's literature with the banquet due to be held at Exeter College, Oxford, and each region had its own sub-theme towards the brief.[14]

As with the previous series, the shows were 1 hour long with the amuse-bouche, starter and fish courses on the Wednesday and the main, pre-dessert and dessert courses on Thursday, with the judging being unchanged as a 30-minute show on Fridays. The main difference was that one chef was eliminated after the fish course on day 1, with another chef eliminated after the dessert on day 2.

Heats[edit]

Location Sub-theme Won heat Runner-up Eliminated after dessert Eliminated after fish Judge Literary guest judge
Central Fantasy Fiction Niall Keating Sally Abé Dom Robinson Alex Claridge Paul Ainsworth Charlie Higson
London & South East Capital Authors Kerth Gumbs Steve Groves Ivan Tisdall-Downes Karl O'Dell Tommy Banks Konnie Huq
Scotland Heroes & Villains Roberta Hall-McCarron Amy Elles Ross Bryans Gordon Jones Michael O'Hare David Baddiel
Northern Ireland Magical Lands & Time Travel Alex Greene Shauna Froydenlund Leigh Ferguson Paul Cunningham Tom Aikens Cerrie Burnell
North West Action & Adventure Tom Barnes Hrishikesh Desai George Farrugia Sam Buckley Angela Hartnett
(Michael O'Hare for main course)
Julia Donaldson
South West Picture Books & Animal Characters Joe Baker Guy Owen Thomas Carr
replaced by Harriet Mansell after leaving competition early
Harriet Mansell Richard Corrigan Nina Wadia
Wales Giants & Dragons Hywel Griffith Tom Phillips John Chantarasak Georgia Sommerin Lisa Goodwin-Allen
(Michael O'Hare for fish course)
David Bradley
North East Real Life Ruth Hansom Alex Bond Josh Angus Samira Effa Tom Brown Jacqueline Wilson

Final week[edit]

The winning eight chefs cook their courses in celebration of nearly 200 years of British children's literature.

Guest judges[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • Amuse-bouche: Ruth Hansom – "Golden Snitch"
  • Starter: Alex Greene – "The Potato, The Onion, The Cheese and The Wardrobe"
  • Fish: Niall Keating – "Witches of the Northern Lights"
  • Main course: Tom Barnes – "Beatrix Potter's Herdwick Lamb"
  • Pre-dessert: Kerth Gumbs – "Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle"
  • Dessert: Alex Greene – "The Incredible Edible Book"
  • Champion of Champions: Niall Keating

Although Ruth Hansom and Kerth Gumbs did not win any of the courses, Ruth's fish course and Kerth's dessert course were the two highest-scoring runners-up, so they were invited to cook the Amuse-bouche and Pre-dessert respectively.

Great British Christmas Menu (2020)[edit]

From 1 to 24 December 2020, a special Christmas series was shown. Andi Oliver stepped down from the judging panel and began presenting the series, replacing Susan Calman, and comedienne Kerry Godliman took Andi's place as a special guest judge.[15] Twelve previous winners of the show competed to cook their dishes for a six-course banquet originally located at York Hospital. In the first round of each course, various eight of those veteran chefs were selected, and one group of four judges double-blind the other group's dishes in the first rounds. Top three dishes of their respective courses (or four for canapé) are selected for the second round in the judging panel. Godliman is a vegetarian, so chefs cooked vegetarian alternatives of their courses for her.

The main banquet was cancelled due to restrictions during the pandemic, so mini banquets occurred in various areas, while some other units of the six-course meal were home-delivered. The filming of the banquet occurred at a gazebo outside the Hospital under tier-two restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

Guest judges[edit]

Final result[edit]

  • Canapé: James Cochran – "T'was the Night Before Christmas"; Alex Greene – "Christmas Tree Bauble"; Lisa Goodwin-Allen – "Retro Christmas Canape"
  • Starter: Alex Greene – "Not Mushroom under this Tree"
  • Fish: Tom Barnes – "Smoked Salmon Over Pine"
  • Main course: Lisa Goodwin-Allen – "Christmas Fallow Deer Feast"
  • Dessert: Lisa Goodwin-Allen – "Christmas Snowglobe (Thank You)"
  • Petit four: Tommy Banks – "The Night Before Christmas"

Series 16 (2021)[edit]

The series will start on 24 March 2021. The theme of the competition is innovation, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee creation of the World Wide Web. The series also marks the debut of Rachel Khoo as a judge.[17] After her debut in the series' Christmas Special, Andi Oliver will be the host. [18]

Heats[edit]

Location Sub-theme Won heat Runner-up Eliminated after dessert Eliminated after fish Judge Guest judge
Central Great Pioneers Stuart Collins Sabrina Gidda Liam Dillon Shannon Johnson Lisa Goodwin-Allen
(Simon Rogan for fish course)
Helen Sharman
Scotland Scottish Inventors Roberta Hall-McCarron Stuart Ralston Scott Smith Amy Elles Tom Brown Caroline Criado Perez
London & South East Inventions & Inventors Oli Marlow Kim Ratcharoen Tony Parkin Ben Murphy Paul Ainsworth Chris Jackson
Wales Tommy Banks Hugh Hunt
North East Sophie Conran
Northern Ireland

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 10 April 2006 16 June 2006 41
GBCM 11 December 2006 15 December 2006 5
2 2 April 2007 8 June 2007 41
3 17 March 2008 13 June 2008 49
4 30 March 2009 16 June 2009 46
5 6 April 2010 4 June 2010 45
GBWM 25 August 2010 1
6 4 April 2011 3 June 2011 45
7 9 April 2012 8 June 2012 45
8 28 January 2013 29 March 2013 45
GBBM 11 July 2013 1
9 7 April 2014 6 June 2014 45
10 3 August 2015 9 October 2015 45
11 29 August 2016 28 October 2016 45
12 2 May 2017 30 June 2017 45
13 13 August 2018 12 October 2018 45
14 20 March 2019 17 May 2019 29
15 18 March 2020 15 May 2020 29
GBCM 1 December 2020 24 December 2020 7
16 24 March 2021 TBC 29

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