Great British Menu returns with an Olympic Feast for 2012

By Luke Nicholls

- Last updated on GMT

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Amir Khan (left) is among a selection of British Olympians past and present that will feature in Great British Menu this Spring
Amir Khan (left) is among a selection of British Olympians past and present that will feature in Great British Menu this Spring
Simon Rogan, Nathan Outlaw and Aiden Byrne are among 24 of the UK’s top chefs preparing to take part in what is expected to be the last series of BBC Two’s Great British Menu this Spring.

The seventh series – The Olympic Feast, will see three chefs from each region create a ‘ground-breaking’ menu fit for Olympic heroes, celebrating the upcoming arrival of the 2012 Olympics.

“Great British Menu has secured the biggest names in the British culinary world,” said Lindsay Bradbury, executive editor for BBC Daytime. “Be prepared for an Olympian rollercoaster of a ride and ground-breaking dishes which take food to giddy new heights.”

Nicola Moody, director of factual programmes for Optomen TV, which produces the show, added: “First class chefs and Olympic athletes have lots in common; Olympians push every boundary of their sport to become winners and chefs work just as hard at their art and are no less determined.

“Every chef competing in Great British Menu wants to win and cooking a dish at the final banquet. Doing so will be their Gold Medal.”


Great British Menu will also feature a star-studded line-up of judges including Marcus Waering, Jason Atherton, Richard Corrigan and Angela Hartnett.

The chefs will meet British Olympians past and present including Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Amir Khan. The eight winning chefs from each region will eventually battle it out to prepare one of the four courses of The Olympic Feast.

Last year’s winning menu

Tom Kerridge,​ owner of the two-Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers​, was the first chef on 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, which comprised:

Starter: Season, Shake and Curry On Coronation Chicken - Chris Fearon
Fish Course: Sea Bass with Battered Soft Shell Crab - Aktar Islam
Main Course: Hog Roast - Tom Kerridge
Dessert: Taste of the Fairground - Paul Ainsworth

The full line-up for Great British Menu 2012 is as follows: -

South West, judged by Tom Kerridge

Paul Ainsworth Paul Ainsworth at Number Six, Padstow

Nathan Outlaw St Enodoc Hotel, Cornwall

Simon Hulstone The Elephant, Torquay

North East, judged by Nigel Haworth

Stephanie Moon Rudding Park, Harrogate

Colin McGurran Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe

Charlie Larkin The Marquis, Kent

Scotland, judged by Jeremy Lee

Alan Murchison L’Ortolan

Mark Greenaway, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, No12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Colin Buchan York and Albany, London

North West, judged by Marcus Wareing

Johnnie Mountain The Atrium, Westminster

Aiden Byrne The Church Green, Cheshire

Simon Rogan L’Enclume, Cumbria

Central, judged by Glyn Purnell

Aktar Islam Lasan, Birmingham

Daniel Clifford Midsummer House, Cambridge

Paul Foster Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

Northern Ireland, judged by Richard Corrigan

Chris Bell Galgorm resort, Ballymena (previously at The Longridge)

Chris Fearon Deanes at Queens, Belfast

Niall McKenna James St South, Belfast

Wales, judged by Angela Hartnett

Richard Davies The Manor House

James Sommerin The Crown at Whitebrook

Stephen Terry The Hardwick, Wales

London / South-East, judged by Jason Atherton

Graham Garrett The West House, Kent

Marcus McGuiness Hibiscus, London

Phil Howard The Square, London

For a full episode guide for the past six series of Great British menu, click here​.

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