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Great British Menu 2019: North West preview

Great British Menu 2019: North West preview

by Great British Chefs 08 April 2019

The North West is home to some of the best restaurants in the UK, so the pressure's on for this year's Great British Menu chefs. Get to know about each contestant a little bit more before the heats kick off.

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The North West's culinary credentials are pretty impressive. As well as having a sizeable clutch of Michelin-starred restaurants across its counties, the region is also home to some fantastic produce and top-class chefs. That's why the heat is always such a fiercely fought battle – these chefs are often the best of the best. Take a look at who's been chosen to represent the area this year.

Adam Reid, Adam Reid at The French, Manchester

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Much has been written about Manchester's lack of a Michelin star, but those in the know say that – star or not – Adam Reid at The French is arguably the city's best restaurant. Originally opened by Simon Rogan, Adam was the head chef and then took over after the contract with Simon ended. Since then the kitchen has gone from strength to strength, with Adam truly finding his stride and cooking 'modern British food with a northern accent'. We reckon he'll nail the brief and cook some seriously impressive courses.

Hrishikesh Desai, The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Lake District

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Hrishikesh has already won one of the UK's biggest cookery competitions, becoming a Roux Scholar in 2009 – so competitive cooking is something he has bags of experience in. His restaurant at The Gilpin Hotel, Hrishi, was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and showcases flavours from across India in a seriously refined style with some of the most beautiful and colourful plates of food we've seen. We're sure his dishes on Great British Menu will be just as vibrant and tasty.

Liam Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire

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After his partner and co-head chef Ryan appeared in the Central heats, it's now Liam's turn to see if he can compete with his partner. Orwells puts British produce and French technique at the fore, and it will be interesting to see how Liam's cooking style differs from Ryan's. This is also Liam's second appearance on Great British Menu.

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