Great British Menu 2021 episode 22 – South West Starter: The regional heats conclude with the south west of England. Competing to represent the region at the finals next week are four chefs, three with restaurants in the south west of England. The other, Nick Beardshaw, is originally from Dorset but is now a head chef at Great British Menu alumnus Tom Kerridge’s latest London restaurant. Meanwhile, with two restaurants in Cornwall, chef patron Jude Kereama is back competing for a record fourth time in a bid to finally reach the finals.
Award-winning chef Elly Wentworth is head chef of a fine dining restaurant in Dartmouth, and as a veteran of competitions, she’s determined to win with her menu. They’re joined in the kitchen by another newcomer, Nat Tallents, a semi-finalist in the National Chef of the Year competition in 2020.
Presenter Andi Oliver welcomes them to the kitchen, where the theme for this year’s competition is a celebration of British invention and innovation. The chefs draw upon their region’s innovative past and present, with recipes inspired by paleontology and the many dinosaur discoveries on the Dorset coast, as well as its strong aeronautical heritage and current space research.
One of the four must leave the competition at the end of the episode. Which one that is will be decided by the veteran judge of this week’s competition, a previous winner who remains a surprise to the chefs until the moment they walk into the kitchen to taste their first course: canapes.
Great British Menu 2021 episode 22 – South West Starter
Along with Masterchef, Great British Menu is a cooking show that has been running so long it is basically a national institution by now. However, even after all these years, Great British Menu manages to keep fresh with new ingredients for season 16 – former judge Andi Oliver is now presenter, with cook, writer and broadcaster Rachel Khoo taking her place on the judging panel.
It’s a very formidable line-up – so can the chefs impress with a menu based on innovation to celebrate thirty years of the world wide web?
Oliver Peyton is a renowned restauranteur and founder of cafe and restaurant service Peyton and Byrne, and was awarded an honourary OBE in 2012. He has been a judge on Great British Menu since it began all the way back in 2006, and has released two cookbooks: The National Cookbook: Recipes from the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery and British Baking.
Matthew Fort – Great British Menu 2021 episode 22
Food writer and critic Matthew Fort was the Food and Drink Editor of The Guardian for over ten years, and has also written for Esquire, The Observer, Country Living, Decanter, and Waitrose Food Illustrated. He has also written several books on gastronomy, and been awarded Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year, Glenfiddich Restaurant Writer of the Year, and The Restaurateurs Association Food Writer of the Year.
Fort has also presented TV shows such as UKTV Food’s Market Kitchen, and has been a judge on Great British Menu since the show’s beginning.
Rachel Khoo – Great British Menu 2021 episode 22
Rachel Khoo’s breakthrough came through the BBC series The Little Paris Kitchen, which along with the cookbook of the same name brought critical and commercial acclaim. She has since released six bestselling cookbooks and toured the world making cookery shows for the BBC, Food Network UK, and other international broadcasters.
This will be her first year as a judge on Great British Menu, taking over from Andi Oliver who is now host.