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Credit: BBC/Optomen Television Ltd/Andrew Hayes-Watkins

Credit: BBC/Optomen Television Ltd/Andrew Hayes-Watkins

Great British Menu is back. The full line up of UK chefs taking part has been revealed and what a melting pot of talent it is. Hitting the small screen in their bid to tickle the judges’ taste buds and convert viewers into customers is a host of Michelin winning chefs, Acorn awards alumni, and The Caterer cover stars.

The theme has also been revealed and this year GBM will be celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute. The brief arguably has the potential to make or break each installment of this perennial prime time favourite and one with such potent connotations will be no exception.

Creativity and culinary talent must go hand in hand for success to beckon and it will no doubt be crucial for the chefs to stretch their imagination beyond putting a pot of homemade jam on their puds, or Jerusalem artichokes on their mains.

Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort are back to critique the chefs’ efforts, once again joined by a variety of guest judges including long-serving WI members and an original Calendar girl. So it shouldn’t have been somewhat jaw-dropping to see the esteemed judges pose in their birthday suits for the GBM press shots, but honestly, it really was.

And also back in the mix is a star-studded team of GBM veterans to oversee the regional heats. They are:

• Sat Bains – Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
• Daniel Clifford – Midsummer House, Cambridge
• Richard Corrigan – Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, London
• Phil Howard – The Square, London
• Tom Kerridge – The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
• Marcus Wareing – Marcus Wareing, Marcus, London
• Michael Smith – The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

The competing chefs are:

Scotland
• Graham Campbell, Glenesk Country House Hotel
• Jak O’Donnell, The Sisters
• Jimmy lee, Lychee Oriental

South West:
• Josh Eggleton, Pony and Trap
• Dominic Chapman, The Beehive
• Jude Kereama, Kota

Wales:
• Stephen Gomes, Moksh
• Adam Bannister, Slice
• Phil Carmichael, Berners Tavern

Northern Ireland:
• Chris McGowan, consultant chef
• Danni Barry, Eipic
• Ben Arnold, Home

North East:
• Michael O’Hare, The Man Behind the Curtain
• Tim Allen, Launceston Place
• Mini Patel, The Pointer

North West:
• Eve Townson, Eagle and Child
• Matt Worswick, The Lawns Restaurant, Thornton Hall
• Mark Ellis, 1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle

London and South East:
• Matt Gillan at The Pass, South Lodge Hotel
• Lee Westcott, Typing Room
• Mark Froydenlund, Marcus

Central:
• Pip Lacey, Murano
• Richard Bainbridge, Benedict’s
• Jason Hodnett, Raven Hotel