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Great British Menu – Celebrating 100 years of the WI – Programme being screened from August

As Prue Leith told us at the Annual Meeting last year:~

BBC Two’s Great British Menu is back.
Award-winning critic Matthew Fort says: “All good cooking begins in the home. That’s why the WI has been so important to food in this country. It has established and maintained the highest of standards for home cooking. But great home cooking won’t be enough to get a dish to the Banquet at this year’s GBM. Any dish must honour the standards of the WI, but also build on them with imagination and skill to create a masterpiece of modern gastronomy.”

Prue Leith says: “Chefs in this country, and in fact the whole British restaurant scene, owe a great debt to the WI. They were the original home economists, teaching us how to grow fantastic produce and get the most from our ingredients. For a century, the women of the WI have been a pioneering force for change and for good in this country. Who would have thought 100 years on that most ladies at Seven Hills WI in Sheffield are in their late 20s, with over 100 names on the waiting list! Any organisation which has done what the WI has done over the last century of campaigning and cooking should be celebrated.”

Oliver Peyton says: “I learnt my love of food and life from a very early age from my mother growing up in Ireland. I remember when I was away at school, I’d wait eagerly for my mum’s visits so I could get home and taste her apple pie which I used to help make. Today I still make my mum’s apple pie and my kids love it too. That’s one of the abiding values of the Women’s Institute – families passing on recipes from generation to generation so, for me, a Great British Menu for the WI feels like British cooking is coming home.”

BBC Great British Menu

Judges from the WI:

Angela Baker – WI Calendar Girl

Three Peaks
Long-serving WI member Angela Baker is one of the original Calendar Girls, who posed in the famous nude calendar in memory of her husband John, raising millions for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Felicity Cloake – Award-winning food writer

Felicity Cloake
Felicity reviews classic British recipes to help her readers achieve perfect home-cooking. WI recipes are her benchmark for baking, breads and traditional British favourites.

Mary Gwynn – Author of the WI Centenary cookbook

Mary Gwymm

Food writer and institute member Mary Gwynn is the oracle of WI recipes. She has compiled the official WI Centenary Cookbook: 100 recipes for 100 years.

Radhika Bynon – member of modern urban WI

Radhika Bynon
A passionate member of the Forest Gate WI, Radhika calls her group the UN of the Women’s Institute because its members span nations. She cooks as her way of showing love, and specialises in her native Sri Lankan food.

Helen Carey OBE – Former chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes – Cheshire WI member and Adviser

Helen Carey

Helen Carey

Helen sat the helm of the NFWI as chair from 1999 to 2003 and has been a member for 40 years.

Sabrina Ghayour – Award-winning food writer and self-taught chef

Great British Menu

Award-winning home cook, Sabrina passionately believes in high standards in the kitchen, and helped judge the North West regional heats.

Kirsty Bowen – President of Seven Hills WI

Great British Menu

At 27, Kirsty is one of the youngest WI presidents in the country, and represents a modern new-wave WI.

Rosemary Bishton MBE – Former home economics teacher and long-serving WI member

Rosemary Bishton

Rosemary comes from three generations of WI members and has been a member for 42 years. She was awarded an MBE for services to her community, and believes in impeccable standards in the kitchen.

Week 1       Scotland Begins Monday 3rd August

The competing chefs are: • Graham Campbell, Glenesk Country House Hotel • Jak O’Donnell, The Sisters • Jimmy lee, Lychee Oriental

Scotland Winner

Week 2       South West Begins Monday 10th August

The competing chefs are: • Josh Eggleton, Pony and Trap • Dominic Chapman, The Beehive • Jude Kereama, Kota

South West Winner

Week 3       Wales Begins Monday 17th August

The competing chefs are: • Stephen Gomes, Moksh • Adam Bannister, Slice • Phil Carmichael, Berners Tavern

Wales Winner

Week 4       Northern Ireland Begins Monday 31st August

The competing chefs are: • Chris McGowan, consultant chef • Danni Barry, Eipic • Ben Arnold, Home

Northern Ireland Winner

Week 5       North East Begins Monday 7th September

The competing chefs are: • Michael O’Hare, The Man Behind the Curtain • Tim Allen, Launceston Place • Mini Patel, The Pointer

North East Winner

Week 6       North West Begins Monday 14th September

The competing chefs are: • Eve Townson, Eagle and Child • Matt Worswick, The Lawns Restaurant, Thornton Hall • Mark Ellis, 1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle

North West Judging

Week 7       London and South East Begins Monday 21st September

The competing chefs are: • Matt Gillan at The Pass, South Lodge Hotel • Lee Westcott, Typing Room • Mark Froydenlund, Marcus

London & South East Judging

Week 8       Central Begins Monday 28th September

The competing chefs are: • Pip Lacey, Murano • Richard Bainbridge, Benedict’s • Jason Hodnett, Raven Hotel

Guest Judge – Helen Carey

Great British Menu

Week 9       Finals week Begins Monday 5th October

The Great British Menu Veterans who’ll be judging the chefs:

  • Sat Bains – Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham • Daniel Clifford – Midsummer House, Cambridge • Richard Corrigan – Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, London • Phil Howard – The Square, London • Tom Kerridge – The Hand & Flowers, Marlow • Marcus Wareing – Marcus Wareing, Marcus, London • Michael Smith – The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

Daily Express

Great British Chefs

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