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Women Chefs make up a Quarter of Great British Menu 2020 contestants


Women make up a quarter of the chefs from across Britain who will be competing to serve their dish at the final banquet

Women Chefs make up a Quarter of Great British Menu 2020 contestants


"The kitchen is buzzing with creativity and we have a whole new family of exciting, inspired chefs to introduce you all to."
Andi Oliver



Great British Menu (GBM) is returning to BBC Two on 18th March 2020 for it's 15th series. Women in the Food Industry noted that women make up a quarter of the chefs from across Britain who will be competing to serve their dish at the final banquet.  

This year’s Great British Menu theme is children’s literature so we can expect to see variations on Willy Wonka’s Three-Course Dinner Gum right through to the delights of  Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Judge Andi Oliver said: “I am so thrilled about the theme for this year’s Great British Menu. Books have always played a pivotal role in my life, so celebrating 150 years of children’s literature fills me with such joy! The kitchen is buzzing with creativity and we have a whole new family of exciting, inspired chefs to introduce you all to. This year is truly astonishing and moving, I can’t wait for everyone to experience it too.”

Last year Women in The Food Industry were delighted to interview all of the women chefs taking part in Great British Menu 2019 and this year are planning to do the same.  Here is a quick look at the women representing their regions for 2020.

Representing the Central region is Sally Abé , head chef of the only Michelin-starred pub in London, The Harwood Arms . 

Two women chefs will be representing the North East.  Samira Effa returns to Great British Menu, after making her debut on the show in 2019.

Ruth Hansom, Head Chef of Pomona’s in Notting Hill, London will also be in the North East heat.  .

Shauna Froydenlund makes her second appearance on Great British Menu and represents Northern Ireland.

At 20, Georgia Sommerin will be the youngest ever competitor on Great British Menu. From Penarth, Wales, Georgia started working part time at her father’s James Sommerin’s restaurant since she was 13.  

Two women head chefs making their debut on Great British Menu are amongst the four representing Scotland. Roberta Hall-McCarron is Head Chef of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh. Amy Elles is Chef Patron of The Harbour Cafe in Fife which she runs with her husband Jack. She will be representing Scotland and will be using local ingredients in her dishes on the show.  

Also new to Great British Menu is Harriet Mansell who is representing the South West. 

Read the full feature on Women in Great British Menu 2020 on Women in the Food Industry and look out for interviews on the chefs coming to their site.

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