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Great British Menu 2012, North East Heat Preview

Great British Menu 2012, North East Heat Preview

by Mecca Ibrahim 23 April 2012

It's Week Three of the seventh series of The Great British Menu. Not surprisingly this year's theme is an Olympic one. This week (starting 23rd April 2012) it's the turn of the North East region.

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Mecca is Head of Marketing & Social Media at Great British Chefs.

North East chefs battling it out for a place in the final are returning contender Stephanie Moon and new faces to the contest, Colin McGurran and Charlie Lakin.

On Monday they'll be presenting their starters. Stephanie is making 'get set' goat's cheese, Charlie is cooking wild rabbit with carrot and Douglas fir needles, and Colin an intriguing 'quail in the woods'.

On Tuesday, they move onto a fish course, on Wednesday main course and on Thursday it's the turn of desserts. For each of those days they will have to impress veteran judge Nigel Haworth who recently joined Great British Chefs site before going through to Friday's final.

Chef and restaurateur Nigel Haworth is best known for his Michelin starred restaurant Northcote Manor where he was offered the position of Head Chef in 1984. (Lisa Allen, a previous Great British Menu competitor is currently Head Chef there). Ten years on and Nigel was celebrating an Egon Ronay Chef of the Year Award, one year later a Michelin star followed - which has been retained ever since.

In recent years, Nigel Haworth has appeared regularly on television shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Market Kitchen, also making a winning appearance himself on Great British Menu in 2009 with his Lonk lamb Lancashire hotpot. In addition to Nigel Haworth also co-owns a catering company, Northcote Offsite, who supply local clients (such as his beloved Blackburn Rovers) with immaculate dishes.

On Friday the two chefs who received the most points from Nigel for the week will cook their dishes again for restaurateur and businessman, Oliver Peyton, fellow restaurateur and cookery writer, Prue Leith and food journalist and author, Matthew Fort. Matthew is Great British Chefs strategic advisor who also blogs for us and writes the introductions for a number of our ingredient collections. The winner will go into the finals (joining Alan Murchison who won the Scottish round and Daniel Clifford who won the Central round).

 
 
 

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