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Series 8 - Episode 1
London and South East Starter
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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. In the first episode Tom Aikens, Adam Simmonds and Matt Gillan from London and the South East cook their starters.
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.
Full Episode Guide
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New Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver: “A middle-aged black woman on TV, double hooray!”
New Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver: Don’t call my hiring “tokenism”
The Great British Everything: what comes after the Bake Off, Sewing Bee, Pottery Throw Down and Skinny Dip?
Who is Prue Leith? And is she replacing Mary Berry on Bake Off?
Try it for yourself: MasterChef and Great British Menu veteran Adam Handling's new restaurant
Oliver Peyton on Ireland's food revival: "A lot of the cool kids are farming now"
Great British Menu 2016: meet the South West chefs
Why are there not more women cooking on Great British Menu? We asked Prue Leith...
Great British Menu: meet the North West chefs
Great British Menu 2015: meet the North East chefs
Prue Leith: "Mary Berry is the real thing, a serious writer, not just a telly star"