Our very own Ally McGrath will once again be competing for Scotland on this year's series of BBC 2's Great British Menu.
This year, the chefs will pay tribute to 140 years of Wimbledon and new panellist Andi Oliver joins Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort in the judging chamber. Helping them select the winning dishes are a host of guest judges who understand the skill and dedication required to triumph in SW19 including Gordon Reid MBE, current Men’s Wheelchair Champion; Leon Smith, former coach of Andy Murray & Davis Cup Captain; Annabel Croft, previous British No 1 and Wimbledon royalty Sue Barker and Tim Henman.
The competition challenges 24 of the nation’s top chefs to create exceptional dishes fit to serve at this year’s banquet held in the shadow of Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Their creations must celebrate this year’s brief ‘A Taste of Summer’ reflecting the tastes, smells and colours of everybody’s favourite time of year and paying tribute to the incredible history and prestige of the Wimbledon Championships.
In each weekly regional heat, three chefs must first battle it out to impress a formidable veteran judge whose identity won’t be revealed until they walk through the door. Holding eight Michelin stars between them the veterans are some of the biggest names in the UK restaurant scene and include Tom Aikens, Angela Hartnett, Michael O’Hare, Daniel Clifford and Nathan Outlaw.
Only two chefs will make it through to the Friday regional final where they’ll need to convince the formidable panel of judges that their dishes deserve a place in the national finals.
The series begins at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd May and it is expected that the Scottish Heat will be the fifth up where Ally will be competing against Michael Bremner and Angela Malik.
Good luck Ally!!