Tom Brown, chef-patron of Cornerstone in London’s Hackney Wick, will cook the main course at a banquet celebrating 70 years of the NHS at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, having beaten eight other finalists on BBC Two’s competition Great British Menu.
The chef drew level with Chris Harrod of the Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, and Craig Sherrington, Virginia House, Cumbria, on points – all scoring four 10s from the judges – but just pipped his rivals to the accolade.
Judges Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver, Oliver Peyton and guest judge Tom Lynch MBE were won over by Brown’s ‘Poor Man’s Goose’, a whole honey and sesame glazed duck inspired by a recipe he found in an NHS archive.
The dish was described by Peyton as having “real presence and real beauty too”.
The finalists are: Ellis Barrie, Marram Grass on Anglesey (North West); Tom Brown, Cornerstone, London (South West); James Cochran, 1251, London (London and South East); Dan Fletcher, Fenchurch at the Sky Garden, London (North East); Chris Harrod, the Whitebrook, Monmouthshire (Wales); Tommy Heaney, Great House, Bridgend (Northern Ireland); Marianne Lumb, Marianne, London (Central region), Lorna McNee, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire (Scotland), Craig Sherrington, Virginia House, Cumbria (North West).