7.8
16 votes
Great British Menu

Great British Menu

BBC Two 2006

Britain's top chefs compete for the chance to cook a four-course banquet for a high-profile figure.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Great British Menu

Great British Menu - S12E1

#1 - London and South East Starter

7.92

Season 12 - Episode 1

This week, it is the turn of three chefs from London and south east England who are all first timers in the competition. Tom Kemble is one of the youngest chefs in the country to hold a Michelin star and cooks at a restaurant in one of London's most exclusive auction houses. He is up against Mike Reid, who has cooked around the world and trained under both Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux Jr, and Selin Kiazim, rising star of the London scene, renowned for her Turkish Cypriot fusion flavours. The three chefs meet their surprise veteran judge and cook their summery starters. A dish celebrating childhood summer memories takes on a complicated courgette dish and a technically tricky take on the cucumber sandwich. Michelin-starred Tom is eager to prove himself. His starter is based on the classic Spanish dish gazpacho and his summer memories spent with his grandma in Marbella. Rising star Selin creates a reworked version of the cucumber sandwich with influences from her Turkish Cypriot heritage, while internationally trained Mike makes a courgette salad inspired by his time in Australia.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E37

#2 - Northern Ireland Fish

7.90

Season 11 - Episode 37

Today the atmosphere in the kitchen gets even more competitive as the three chefs from Northern Ireland cook their fish courses. Mark Abbott is pushing himself again, plating up a complex fish course of the very finest produce. He is calling it shellsational but at the last minute he forgets a key element. Returning chef Chris McGowan is refining cod and chips and Eddie Attwell is getting classical with the king of the sea turbot. The repartee is relentless as the chefs jostle for top place on the leader board. Once again there is plenty of emotion as the veteran chef delivers the scores.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S15E7

#3 - Scotland - Starter & Fish Courses

7.80

Season 15 - Episode 7

Four chefs from Edinburgh, Irvine, Fife and Buckie compete for Scotland with a venison starter inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a Treasure Island fish course.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E11

#4 - North West Starter

7.77

Season 11 - Episode 11

Competition is tough for the starter round, with some unusual flavour combinations including luxurious king crab, classic liver and bacon and a selection of Indian and East African delicacies.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Great British Menu - S15E8

#5 - Scotland - Main & Dessert Courses

7.70

Season 15 - Episode 8

The remaining chefs cook mains and desserts, including a cow pie inspired by Desperate Dan and a golden snitch choux dessert. An unusual situation ramps up the competition.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S15E11

#6 - Northern Ireland - Main & Dessert Courses

7.70

Season 15 - Episode 11

The remaining chefs cook mains and desserts, including a Hogwarts feast inspired by Harry Potter and an Each Peach Pear Plum dessert.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E6

#7 - South West Starter

7.67

Season 11 - Episode 6

Today, it is the starter course of the south west regional heat.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E25

#8 - Central Judging

7.64

Season 11 - Episode 25

The guest judge for this week's regional final is Enam Ali MBE, a food entrepreneur who set up the British Curry Awards.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E2

#9 - Scotland Fish

7.63

Season 11 - Episode 2

Today, three newcomers to the competition create their fish dishes in a bid to be crowned Scottish champion. The standard is so high that the veteran judge is moved to tears. The youngest competitor, Adam Handling, is celebrating the very best of British seafood and is promising a dramatic presentation at the pass. Michael Bremner, known for being inventive, is pushing boundaries with his mackerel dish. He is using some innovative techniques which honour one of Scotland's leading fishermen. And Ally McGrath is setting out to create the best of British, using Scottish salmon, although he confesses the fish is not his favourite.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

Great British Menu - S12E2

#10 - London and South East Fish

7.55

Season 12 - Episode 2

The chefs do battle for the fish course. An unusual amberjack dish takes on barbecued octopus and a more traditional butter poached trout. Today the atmosphere in the kitchen gets even more intense as all the chefs take risks with their dishes. Mike Reid, executive chef at M Restaurants in London, shocks when he pairs his fish with some highly unusual flavours - white chocolate and strawberry. Selin's dish pays tribute to the famous 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal, using barbecued octopus and potato rostis as the central elements. Tom Kemble creates a more traditional dish, inspired by the classic summer picnic, but will his refined poached buttered trout be enough to impress the esteemed Great British Menu veteran chef?

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E4
#11 - Scotland Dessert
7.53
Season 11 - Episode 4

Today, the veteran judge faces a difficult decision as one chef is sent home.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E5
#12 - Scotland Judging
7.50
Season 11 - Episode 5

It is the head to head. Both chefs have decided to make changes to some of their dishes.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E12
#13 - North West Fish
7.50
Season 11 - Episode 12

Reigning North West champion Matt Worswick's fish course was shortlisted for the banquet in last year's National Finals - but will his challengers rise to the occasion this year?

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E24
#14 - Central Dessert
7.50
Season 11 - Episode 24

A machine usually found in the fairground comes into play for one chef, as all three push themselves to create staggeringly complex and imaginative desserts in a bid to make it through to tomorrow's regional final.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Great British Menu - S12E5
#15 - London and South East Judging
7.50
Season 12 - Episode 5

The two remaining London and south east of England chefs must cook their entire taste of summer menus again. They are hoping to impress the formidable panel of judges - Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and for the first time this year, broadcaster and restaurateur Andi Oliver. They are joined by Leon Smith, Davis Cup captain and former coach of Andy Murray. Both chefs raise their game and impress the judges with their inventive dishes but only one can go through to represent London and the south east of England in the national finals.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Great British Menu - S12E10
#16 - South West Judging
7.50
Season 12 - Episode 10

This week, it is the south west heats as two ambitious newcomers, Tom Brown and Andy Clatworthy, take on returning chef Dominic Chapman. The two remaining chefs compete for a place in the national finals. To get there, they must impress the formidable panel of judges - Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and for the first time this year, broadcaster and restaurateur Andi Oliver. Today they are joined in the chamber by guest judge Marion Regan, whose farm provides the famous Wimbledon strawberries to the championships. Both chefs raise their game and impress the judges with their inventive dishes, but only one can go through to represent the south west of England in the national finals.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Great British Menu - S15E10
#17 - Northern Ireland - Starter & Fish Courses
7.50
Season 15 - Episode 10

Four chefs compete for Northern Ireland with a starter inspired by CS Lewis and an Enid Blyton fish course. Veteran Tom Aikens sends one chef home at the end of the day.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E15
#18 - North West Judging
7.31
Season 11 - Episode 15

Joining the judges for the Regional Final is guest judge Lady Claire MacDonald OBE, who has published 18 cook books over a 40 year career.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Great British Menu - S15E4
#19 - London & South East - Starter & Fish Courses
7.27
Season 15 - Episode 4

Veteran Tommy Banks decides which of the four London chefs to send home after a hazelnut starter inspired by The Gruffalo and a Commotion in the Ocean lobster dish.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Great British Menu - S15E3
#20 - Central - Judging
7.20
Season 15 - Episode 3

The two remaining central chefs go head to head and cook their six-course menus. Guest judge Charlie Higson, comedian and author of the Young Bond series, helps decide the winner.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

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