GREAT British Menu 2020 continues to leave viewers’ mouths watering as a group of talented chefs from across the UK whip up delicious meals.
This year Great British Menu is marking 150 years since the death of Charles Dickens by celebrating children’s literature, with the chefs drawing on everything from Willy Wonka’s Three-Course Dinner Gum to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Great British Menu 2020 judges Andi Oliver, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort return again this year[/caption]
Who are the Great British Menu 2020 judges?
Andi Oliver replaced Prue Leith as a judge after she left to host The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 in 2017.
Both Matthew and Oliver were part of the original line-up when the show was first started back in 2006.
Oliver Peyton returns as a judge on Great British Menu 2020[/caption]
58-year-old Oliver is a restauranteur and cookbook author who has opened a number of successful establishments such as Atlantic Bar & Grill near London’s Piccadilly and Coast in Mayfair.
He was born in 1961 in County Mayo, Ireland, and later studied textiles at Leicester Polytechnic before opening two nightclubs, The Can in Brighton and Raw in London.
Oliver started launching restaurants in the 1990s, creating the Atlantic Bar & Grill in 1994 and Coast in 1995, followed by Mash and Air in Manchester.
He also launched Peyton and Byrne bakeries in a number of locations, which later went into administration in 2016.
Oliver is married to Charlotte Polizzi, and they have three children together, Finn, Molly and Connor.
Andi Oliver is a TV veteran and returns as a judge for Great British Menu 2020[/caption]
56-year-old chef and restaurant owner Andi has worked in TV and broadcasting for over 20 years, regularly hosting food-themed shows.
Back in 2006, she hosted the BBC show The Truth About Food, and in 2007 she fronted her own show with Neneh Cherry called Neneh and Andi Dish It Up on BBC Two.
She is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and Food Glorious Food.
When not on TV, the passionate foodie runs Andi’s Restaurant in London with Kelly Miles.
Andi rose to fame as a member of 80s band Rip Rig + Panic and is mother to TV presenter Miquita Oliver.
Food journalist Matthew Fort returns to the line-up of judges for Great British Menu 2020[/caption]
Acclaimed food journalist Matthew, is the son of Tory MP Richard Fort, who died when he was 12 years old.
The 73-year-old was privately educated at Eton College, before going on to study at Lancaster University.
He is now an acclaimed food critic and journalist who was crowned the Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year in 1992 and 1993. Matthew also won the title of The Restaurateurs’ Association Food Writer of the Year in 1993.
Matthew was the Food and Drink editor of The Guardian for 15 years – until 2012 and writes for the likes of Esquire, Country Living, Decanter and Waitrose Food Illustrated magazines and The Observer.
He has written a variety of books including Rhubarb and Black Pudding (1998), Eating up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa (2004) and Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons (2008).
Great British Menu 2020 has a stellar line-up of guest judges[/caption]
Who are the Great British Menu 2020 guest judges?
Each week the chefs try to impress with their culinary creations, but it’s not just up to the three main judges.
A guest judge joins them to help select the best dishes from each region in the Friday regional final.
The guests judges for series 15 are:
- Michelin Star winning head chef Tommy Banks
- Children’s author and comedian Charlie Higson
- Michelin Star winning chef Paul Ainsworth
- Children’s TV presenter and author Cerrie Burnell
- Michelin Star winning chef Tom Aikens
- Children’s author and comedian David Baddiel
- Michelin Star winning chef Michael O’Hare
- Former Blue Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq
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