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Great British Menu

  • Season 16
  • 29 episodes
  • Food

Summary

Great British Menu is back for another series, presented by Andi Oliver. This year, professional chefs compete for a place at a banquet celebrating British invention and innovation.

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Episode 29: Great British Menu: The Finals: Banquet Special

Summary

Andi Oliver presents the series finale - an outdoor banquet at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. The star-studded guests, including Professor Sarah Gilbert from Oxford's Covid vaccination programme. must vote for the overall winning chef. Last in the series.

Review

On a mercifully bright and not-too-chilly Sunday in April, Jodrell Bank in Cheshire played host to the GBM’s socially distanced banquet celebrating the UK’s scientific innovations and marking 30 years since Sir Timothy Berners-Lee made the internet freely available to the world. It was the programme’s first ever outdoor banquet, with the food being served to guests in an open-sided marquee that had a view of the Lovell Telescope.

The menu – obviously – is fabulous, even if Matthew Fort, Oliver Peyton and Rachel Khoo didn’t pick your personal favourite dish, but as well as clever cooking there’s been some creative presentation, too. So many clever interpretations of the brief using dimmed lights, theatrical props and atmospheric music even if some – Alex Bond’s white chocolate apple-shaped pre-dessert dramatically presented in an old computer monitor, for example – would surely be a logistical nightmare to serve to multiple diners. With props this size, there’d be no room on the dining table for the cutlery, let alone a wine glass.

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DirectorDan Davis
Executive producerSarah Eglin
Series editorAntonia Lloyd
Series producerAvril Beaven

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