The Great British Menu 2022 contestants: Who are the chefs on BBC2 show?

THE Great British Menu is back with 32 new chefs representing eight different regions or nations for its seventeenth series.

The series highlights the outstanding culinary talent across the UK with chefs going head to head in a bid to get a spot at the coveted banquet. Find out here who will be competing for this years series. 

Who are The Great British Menu 2022 contestants?

Central region

Sally Abe, The Pem, London

Sally is from Mansfield in Nottingham and is the chef consultant at The Pem restaurant in the Conrad London Hotel in St James's.

She studied hospitality management and culinary arts at Sheffield and then worked at The Savoy and then Claridge’s before she began five years under Brett Graham at the two Michelin starred The Ledbury.

She resigned in 2017 as head chef of The Harwood Arms in Fulham, where she managed to gain a loyal team and maintain the restaurant's Michelin star rating. 

Sally opened The Pem in July 2021, in which the restaurant was inspired by Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, whose family used to nickname her ‘Pem’.

Sally was also named Square Meal’s Female Chef of the Year in 2021.

Her style of cooking is British, seasonal, with elegance. Her personal menu incorporates local produce from some of the UK’s most devine landmark events. 

Ben Orpwood, Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, London

Ben was born in Cambridge and started his career off at Queens College.

He is a Asian cuisine enthusiast and spends a large part of his career cooking in places such as Australia and Asia.

He worked at Zuma in London, Istanbul, Dubai, and Toko in Sydney.

Ben found that the UK has more opportunities to offer him so he returned back to head up a new restaurant, Sexy Fish.

The opportunity to work with Gordon Ramsay to develop a restaurant based on Asian cuisine came up for Ben and he has become the Executive Chef at Lucky Cat for the last three years.

His food style is Asain influences, and pushes the boundaries of fine dining.

Liam Dillon, The Boat Inn, Lichfield

Liam is from Lichfield and is very competitive.

His love for food all started when he was younger spending evenings with his nan, making stews and baking.

Liam has worked in some of the UK’s top kitchens such as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Five Fields in Chelsea and Story by Tom Sellers in Bermondsey, London

He has also travelled the world with appearances in Sydney ,Copenhagen and New York.

He then returned back to the UK in 2017 as chef owner of The Boat Inn.

Since then, the pub has become an award-winning modern British restaurant, and is Michelin recommended.

His menu for the competition is creative and innovative. 

Harvey Perttola, Restaurant Six, Nottingham

Harvey is originally from Nottingham and is the new head chef at Restaurant Six at the Trent Bridge cricket ground.

His career in food started at fourteen when he was an apprentice chef at Opus in Birmingham, before moving to work at Hampton Manor. 

He was Birmingham’s youngest head chef at the age of twenty-four at Maribel Restaurant and was runner up in the 2017 Chef Stagiaire.

He was also a finalist in the 2018 British Culinary Federation’s Young Chef of the Year.

Harvey would describe his food as Modern British combined with classical French.

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 When is The Great British Menu on BBC2?

The Great British Menu kicks off on Tuesday, February 1 at 8PM on BBC Two.

You can watch episodes online and catch up on past series via the BBC iPlayer here.

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