Great British Menu

Great British Menu to celebrate Paddington Bear's birthday with new animation-themed series

The professional chefs taking part will have to cook a six-course banquet inspired by anything on that theme: from cartoon series and comics to video games.

First up is the North East heat, which sees top chefs from that region try to impress the Michelin-starred and veteran judge, Angela Hartnett OBE.

Trying his luck again is Gareth Bartram from Grimsby. Head Chef at the single Michelin-starred Winteringham Fields in Scunthorpe, Bartram fell just short of the regional finals in 2021.

BBC Two’s Great British Menu to return with new judges

Chefs Tom Kerridge and Nisha Katona, and comedian Ed Gamble will join host Andi Oliver in the 17th series.

Celebrated chef Kerridge is no stranger to the series, having participated as a chef in 2010 and 2011 and winning the main course round both years, and returning in 2012 as a mentor and guide.

Kerridge said: “I’ve been involved with the show in some respect now for 12/13 years and I know how much it means, not just to the chefs that compete, but also the British food scene in general.

Andi Oliver switches from judging to presenting Great British Menu for BBC Two

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Oliver will be leading the special series Great British Christmas Menu, where former culinary contestants will return to cook up a special festive feast for Britain’s key workers. She will also host the upcoming sixteenth series airing next year.

Comedian Kerry Godliman will be joining judges Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton on the panel, with a different guest judge joining each week related to the theme of supporting our key workers.