Great British Menu Christmas 2020 episode 2: Tonight, the top three chefs from the canape and starter rounds cook for the judges. At stake is the chance to cook their dishes as part of a special festive feast for some of the key workers who were the heroes of the pandemic.
Tonight’s chefs are drawn from eight former winners of the competition. With 17 Michelin stars competing across the series, exceptional cooking comes as standard. Expect some incredible dishes inspired by the chefs’ personal takes on what makes Christmas special.
With Andi Oliver hosting proceedings, there is a vacancy in the judging chamber, so joining Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton is actor and comedian Kerry Godliman. To add to the challenge, Kerry is a vegetarian, meaning the chefs are also judged on the vegetarian alternatives to their dishes. Also joining the judging panel is someone with first-hand experience of working on the frontline of the pandemic – actor and nurse Vicky Hall. Best known for roles in Teachers, Line of Duty and Casualty, Vicky became inspired to train as a nurse after shadowing one for a role and now juggles her work in hospital and on the screen.
Great British Menu Christmas 2020 episode 2
The tastes of Christmases’ past provide a lot of inspiration for the chefs, with prawn cocktails, parfait and vol-au-vents all receiving a Great British Menu makeover. Christmas crackers are an inspiration too – both in terms of presentation and in the punning titles of dishes, including Shrimply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time and Not Mushroom Under this Tree.
Each episode, an extra special veteran chef completes the line-up. Tonight it is Michelin-starred Lisa Goodwin Allen, who cooked the starter when Prince Charles was a banquet guest a decade ago and has since gone on to become a regular veteran judge on the competition. Now, to say thank you to key workers, she is bravely putting on her apron again in the GBM kitchen. Expect other big names from GBM’s illustrious history to join her in later episodes.
With only three chefs out of the eight going forward to cook for the judges in the next episode, competition is hot and the standard of cooking world class as the chefs unite to create unforgettable dishes for Britain’s key workers.