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Great British Menu 2012, The Olympic Feast – chefs, dishes & results

Great British Menu 2012 [ Read our interviews with chefs and judges in our blog ]

Updated 08/06/2012

The Finals:
The Heats:

The Great British Menu returns for its seventh series, this year taking an olympic theme. The show will follow the familiar format with three chefs from each region (see line up above) cooking a starter, fish course, main course and dessert for a veteran judge who will select two chefs to cook their menu again on the Friday show for judges Oliver Peyton (interview), Prue Leith and Matthew Fort. The winners of each heat will then go on to compete against each other in the finals at the end of the series, attempting to earn their dishes a place on the table at The Olympic Feast – a banquet held at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich hosted by Sir Steve Redgrave.

Great British Menu judges Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort

Throughout the series, the chefs will meet various Olympians and sporting heros including Lord Coe, gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, triathlon athletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, and silver medal winning boxer Amir Khan.

This year’s competition will include several new chefs who have not appeared on The Great British Menu before including Paul Foster who is Head Chef at Tuddenham Mill in Newmarket and has just picked up the Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year. Returning chefs include winner of last year’s dessert course, Paul Ainsworth (of Paul Ainsworth at Number 6) and Johnnie Mountain (The English Pig).

This year we are  providing full coverage including details of all the dishes cooked, interviews with the chefs taking part and results.

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  • Comment by mandy

    Left at 20:59 on 28/03/2012

    when does the great british menu 2012 start ?

  • Comment by dave

    Left at 21:03 on 28/03/2012

    Hi Mandy,

    The new series starts on 9th April at 19:30 on BBC Two. We’ll have some more information about the series, and the first episode up on the site later this week – from what we’ve heard so far it is going to be an amazing series – even better than last year!


  • Comment by Remko

    Left at 10:16 on 12/05/2012

    Is there any chance the recipes of this year’s competition will be published, either online or in a book?

    I was really impressed with this year’s entries, especially the North West menus!

  • Comment by Darren

    Left at 20:10 on 17/05/2012

    It’s a shame Atherton didn’t have the stones to mark the ‘Big Cheese’ accordingly: an 8 for a souffle that didn’t rise properly… please… The ‘Big Cheese’ could have plated up beans on toast garnished with a sprig of parsley this week and Atherton would have given him an 8 for not being cliche and going with Heinz. The aging rockstar should be gutted.

  • Comment by dave

    Left at 20:17 on 17/05/2012

    Remko: Some of them are on the BBC website, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b0071y6r

    They have produced books in the past, but I don’t know of one being released this year. We’ll update this page if they do though 🙂

  • Comment by Chris

    Left at 17:19 on 11/06/2012

    Too many chefs (as the saying goes) at the banquet and not enough olympians, for whom this was all about. What about 3 times gold medal winner Ben Ainslie ? or any other sailors ?, We are a small island surrounded by water with a history rich in sailing!!!

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