BBC Two’s Great British Menu will move to a prime-time slot this year as contestants look to celebrate 50 years of British pop music.
The programme will mark 50 years since the last time The Beatles played live as a group, and will see 24 chefs from across the UK compete to cook at the final banquet – this year at Abbey Road Studios.
Each heat will be shown on two mid-week hour-long programmes followed by a 30-minute final, where two chefs will compete to reach the finals of the competition.
Judge Matthew Fort said: “If music be the food of love, eat up. Series 14 of the Great British Menu celebrates the brilliance of British restaurant cooking and flair of British music. Both just keep getting better and better.”
THIS YEAR’S COMPETITORS:
Guest judge: Mani (Gary Mounfield) former bass player, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream
Michael Carr, formerly Restaurant 92, Harrogate
Samira Effa, formerly Alimentum, Cambridge, now the Box Tree, Ilkley
Tom Anglesea, the Laughing Heart, London
Guest judge: Pete Waterman, Record Producer
Guest judge: Ali Campbell, UB40
Guest judge: Amy MacDonald, singer-song writer
Andrew Sheridan, formerly Sosban, Camarthenshire
Tom Westerland, the Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel, Wiltshire
Cindy Challoner, formerly the Classroom, Cardiff
Guest judge: JB Gill, former member of JLS
Emily Scott, St Tudy Inn, Cornwall
Joe Baker, Number 10, Jersey
Lee Smith, Samphire, Jersey
Guest judge: Rev. Richard Coles, former member of the Communards
Ben Reade, Edinburgh Food Studio, Edinburgh
Gordon Jones, Menu Gordon Jones, Bath
Lorna McNee, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles
Guest judge: Keisha Buchanan, former member of Sugababes
Alex Greene, Deanes EIPIC, Belfast
Chris McClurg, Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Cornwall
Glen Wheeler, 28 Darling St, Enniskillen
Guest judge: Loyle Carner, hip hop musician
Starter: Martin Kemp, former member of Spandau Ballet
Fish: Kanya King, founder Mobo Awards
Main: Andrew Ridgeley, former member of Wham!
Dessert: Peter Hook, former member Joy Division and New Order
Veteran judges across the series