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 (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 8.00 from 12 votes.

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Great British Menu - S15E7

#2 - Scotland - Starter & Fish Courses (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 7.80 from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S12E5

#3 - London and South East Judging (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 7.73 from 11 votes.

Great British Menu - S12E2

#4 - London and South East Fish (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 7.70 from 10 votes.

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Great British Menu - S15E8

#5 - Scotland - Main & Dessert Courses (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 7.70 from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S15E11

#6 - Northern Ireland - Main & Dessert Courses (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 7.70 from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S15E10

#7 - Northern Ireland - Starter & Fish Courses (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 7.50 from 10 votes.

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Great British Menu - S11E5

#8 - Scotland Judging (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 7.36 from 14 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E6

#9 - South West Starter (Season 11 - Episode 6)

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

The episode was rated 7.30 from 10 votes.

Great British Menu - S11E4

#10 - Scotland Dessert (Season 11 - Episode 4)

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

The episode was rated 7.29 from 14 votes.

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Great British Menu - S15E4
#11 - 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.
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Great British Menu - S11E2
#12 - Scotland Fish
7.27
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 15 votes.
Great British Menu - S15E3
#13 - 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.
Great British Menu - S11E15
#14 - North West Judging
7.17
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 12 votes.
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Great British Menu - S12E31
#15 - Central Starter
7.09
Season 12 - Episode 31

Pip Lacey's starter is a humorous take on the unpredictable British weather and features an unusual presentation. Ryan Simpson's dish represents an allotment complete with soil, while Nick Deverell-Smith's creation is a tribute to the precision cutting of Wimbledon's grass.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E7
#16 - South West Fish
7.00
Season 11 - Episode 7

Chef Jude is using lobster from his Cornwall home in his fish dish.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E13
#17 - North West Main
7.00
Season 11 - Episode 13

Today's main course round sees all competitors come out fighting. Dishes include coronation chicken, beef with beef tea and a culinary tribute to honoured police officers.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Great British Menu - S11E1
#18 - Scotland Starter
6.94
Season 11 - Episode 1

Three of Scotland's top chefs attempt to impress a veteran judge.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Great British Menu - S12E19
#19 - North East Dessert
6.90
Season 12 - Episode 19

The dessert course is the last chance for the chefs to secure a place cooking for the judges and the pressure in the kitchen is intense. All the chefs are using unusual ingredients in their desserts. Inspired by his summers spent on his family's Yorkshire farm, Tommy is cooking a dessert flavoured with hay. Both Danny and Josh are making panna cottas - whose will impress the veteran chef? Danny is under pressure to complete his six strawberry-flavoured accompaniments, as well as a dandelion and burdock cocktail. Josh is using the flavours of foraged herbs in the hope of creating a dessert that isn't too sweet. Only the two highest scorers will go through to cook for the judges tomorrow.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Great British Menu - S11E3
#20 - Scotland Main
6.88
Season 11 - Episode 3

Ally McGrath's main course is a hearty dish for all those hard-working great Britons.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
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Last updated: nov 16, 2022

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