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‘Great British Menu’ 2020 Features 12 London Chefs and Eight Women

Contenders include Sally Abé of the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms and AngloThai’s John Chantarasak

Great British Menu judges Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort, Oliver Peyton, and presenter Susan Calman Optomen

Great British Menu returns with 12 London chefs and eight women

Popular BBC cooking competition series Great British Menu has revealed its 32 chefs for 2020, all of whom will have to cook to its children’s literature theme. 12 London chefs will compete for the title that 12:51’s James Cochran won in 2018; The Laughing Heart’s Tom Anglesea and former Hide head chef Luke Selby reached the final last year.

Headliners include Sally Abé, head chef at the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in Fulham; John Chantarasak, formerly of Som Saa and now focussed on AngloThai; and Ruth Hansom of Pomona’s, whose perennially forthcoming restaurant on the back of winning BBC series Million Pound Menu is yet to materialise. Native head chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes should also be one to watch. The full list of London chefs on Great British Menu 2020 is below:

  • Sally Abé, The Harwood Arms, Fulham
  • Steve Groves, Roux at Parliament Square, Mayfair
  • Kerth Gumbs, Ormer Mayfair, Mayfair
  • Karl O’Dell, Texture, Marylebone
  • Ivan Tisdall-Downes, Native, Southwark
  • Ross Bryans, Les 110 de Taillevent, Marylebone
  • Shauna Froydenlund, Marcus, Knightsbridge
  • George Farrugia, Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden, The City
  • Tom Phillips, Restaurant Story, London Bridge
  • John Chantarasak, AngloThai, Various
  • Josh Angus, Hide Ground, Green Park
  • Ruth Hansom, Pomona’s, Notting Hill

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The Harwood Arms

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85 Piccadilly, , England W1J 7NB 020 3146 8666 Visit Website

Roux at Parliament Square

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som saa

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Bone Daddies

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Harwood Arms

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The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Road, , England E2 8NA 020 7686 9535 Visit Website