Announcing the chefs from BBC’s Great British Menu 2019

Announcing the chefs from BBC’s Great British Menu 2019

by Great British Chefs 6 March 2019

Great British Menu is back for another year! Twenty-four chefs from around the UK will compete to cook at the final banquet, which will celebrate fifty years of British pop music. Take a look at the chefs competing this year and discover their stories so far.

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Great British Menu has developed a solid reputation for showing us the best and brightest talents in the industry. We've seen some outstanding chefs come through the competition in years past and go onto stellar things. Once again, we'll get to watch the best of the best compete against each other in a bid to nab those coveted spots at this year's banquet.

Last year, Great British Menu celebrated seventy years of the NHS, and the chefs tapped into some very personal stories in order to bring their food to life. This year's theme is a little more light-hearted – the programme will mark fifty years since The Beatles' last live performance, and the chefs will pay homage to fifty years of British pop music, delivering food to a series of guest judges that includes Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet, singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald and producer Pete Waterman.

There are a few returning chefs – Liam and Ryan Simpson-Trotman are both back, as are Lorna McNee, Ben Reade, Andrew Sheridan and Sabrina Gidda – but popular chefs like Tom Brown, Ellis Barrie and Selin Kiazim will not be competing this year. A formidable array of veteran chefs return to the series too, including Tom Aikens, Daniel Clifford, Angela Hartnett, Michael O’Hare, Paul Ainsworth, Phil Howard and Richard Corrigan, whilst Tommy Banks makes his debut as a judge.

Read on for the full list of this year's Great British Menu competitors. The series begins on Wednesday 20 March at 8pm.

Competing chefs by region

London and South East

Ben Marks, Perilla, London

Luke Selby, Hide, London

Paul Walsh, City Social, London

North East

Michael Carr, formerly Restaurant 92, Harrogate

Samira Effa, formerly The Box Tree, Ilkley

Tom Anglesea, the Laughing Heart, London


Kray Treadwell, Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

Sabrina Gidda, AllBright, London

Ryan Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire

North West

Adam Reid, Adam Reid at the French, Manchester

Hrishikesh Desai, the Gilpin Hotel, Lake District

Liam Simpson-Trotman, Orwells, Oxfordshire


Andrew Sheridan, formerly Sosban, Camarthenshire

Tom Westerland, the Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel, Wiltshire

Cindy Challoner, formerly the Classroom, Cardiff

South West

Emily Scott, St Tudy Inn, Cornwall

Joe Baker, Number 10, Jersey

Lee Smith, Samphire, Jersey


Ben Reade, Edinburgh Food Studio, Edinburgh

Gordon Jones, Menu Gordon Jones, Bath

Lorna McNee, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles

Northern Ireland

Alex Greene, Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

Chris McClurg, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall

Glen Wheeler, 28 Darling St, Enniskillen