Great British Menu

Series 8 - 1. London and South East Starter

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Great British Menu takes itself tremendously seriously, so it will be interesting to see if any of the chefs and judges can lighten up, considering they are doing it all for Comic Relief. There is a big prize at the end – cooking a dish at a banquet to celebrate 25 years of a charity that has raised more than £800 million for projects at home and in Africa.

Over the next eight weeks the nation’s finest chefs will compete to make the most innovative dishes. Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort will judge, and celebrities will visit schemes funded by Comic Relief. Tonight Tom Aikens, Adam Simmonds and Matt Gillan from London and the South East cook their starters.

About this programme

1/45. The culinary competition returns, with chefs battling it out for the opportunity to cook at a banquet at London's Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. The contest begins with entrants from London and the South East, with returning contestant Tom Aikens taking on newcomers Matt Gillan and Adam Simmonds as they prepare the ideal starter for the feast. The hopefuls must impress Great British Menu veteran Richard Corrigan if they are to cook for judges Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and Arabella Weir on Friday.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Nicola Moody
Series Producer
Lisa Hazlehurst