The hit BBC cookery competition returns for a fourth series at the end of March, pitching top chefs from regions around the UK against each other to come up with the best ‘Great British Menu’.
Fans of previous series will be pleased to hear that the format remains unchanged, with the exception of presenter Jenny Bond who is rumoured to have been replaced by Michelin-star chefs Sat Bains and Jason Atherton, which should make the commentary more interesting. This time the chefs will be cooking for soldiers returning from service in Afghanistan.
Here is the list of confirmed chefs competing in the 2009 event:
Central: Glynn Purnell (Purnell’s, Birmingham) vs Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House, Cambridge)
London & South East: Mark Sargeant (Gordon Ramsay at Claridges) vs Tristan Welch (Launceston Place, London)
North East: Ian Matfin (Abode, Manchester) vs Kenny Atkinson (The White Room at Seaham Hall, County Durham)
North West: Nigel Haworth (Northcote Manor, Blackburn) vs Aiden Byrne (The Church Green, Lymm, Cheshire)
Northern Ireland: Danny Millar (Balloo House, Killinchy) vs Clare Smyth (Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road)
Scotland: Tom Kitchin (The Kitchin, Edinburgh) vs Alan Murchison (L’Ortolan, Shinfield, Berkshire)
South West: Nathan Outlaw (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Fowey, Cornwall) vs Shaun Rankin (Bohemia, Jersey)
Wales: Stephen Terry (The Hardwick, Abergavenny) vs James Sommerin (The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth)
The BBC have already commissioned Optomen TV to make a fifth series in 2010. Don’t forget to set your video recorders, or make a date with the BBC iPlayer.