Great British Menu

North West Starter

Series 9 - Episode 6 North West Starter



There’s always a “but” in the guest judge’s critiques of the food he’s just tasted. Something along the lines of “I loved this and thought that worked (short pause) BUT (longer pause) it was too salty/needed more seasoning/didn’t tell a story/was three different dishes in one”. Cue a deflated chef who’s been toiling over the witty, complicated and probably delicious concoction.

It’s the turn of the North West to prepare patriotic dishes commemorating the D-Day anniversary so, perhaps inevitably, two of the starters (created by Mary-Ellen McTague and Mark Ellis) are inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign while James Durrant produces “Spam” without a morsel of canned pork luncheon meat.


The first of the North West region heats sees returning contender Mary-Ellen McTague and newcomers James Durrant and Mark Ellis prepare their starters for the D-Day banquet. They must impress a mystery Great British Menu veteran if they are to cook for judges Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and Normandy landings veteran George Batts in the regional final.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Nicola Moody
Series Producer Tom Clarke