Great British Menu: Three Yorkshire chefs in Joro, Home and Fleur Cafe to feature on BBC Two show


The theme of this year’s competition celebrates 100 years of British broadcasting and chefs from across the country will compete to have their dishes served at the Great British Menu banquet.

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Andi Oliver presents the series with a new line-up of judges including star chef Tom Kerridge, restaurateur Nisha Katona and comedian and food podcast host Ed Gamble.

Liz Cottam pictured in The Owl. (Photo credit: Simon Hulme)

The next episode, which airs Tuesday March 8 at 8 p.m., will feature the North East and Yorkshire for the first time.

The four chefs will compete to represent the region in finals week, with one lucky winner selected to compete against chefs from across the country to have their dishes chosen for the banquet.

The judge for this episode will be a former Great British Menu winner and remains a surprise for chefs until the moment they step into the kitchen to sample the first course canapes.

Liz and Bobby are shortlisted as Chef of the Year in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 2022 Oliver Awards.

Here’s everything you need to know about the four chefs competing in the next episode of Great British Menu.

Luke is the owner and chef-manager of Sheffield-based restaurant Joro, which serves Nordic and Japanese cuisine and opened in 2016.

The popular establishment has since grown into a mini-empire with branches in Sheffield and Liverpool.

Luke grew up in Cambridgeshire and has had a passion for food since his teens, having worked as a pot washer aged 14, which led to an NVQ in catering after his GCSEs.

When he was 18, he moved to Cambridge and got a job as a cook at university, where he worked with a team of people who cooked for thousands of students every day.

After his years in college cooking, he joined Alimentum, an aspiring Michelin-starred restaurant, where he got his first taste of fine dining.

Inspired by his experience at Alimentum, Luke decided to take the plunge and approach Cambridge’s most prestigious restaurant, the two-star Midsummer House. Shortly after, he left for a stop at the Fat Duck, where he was able to discover another style of gastronomy.

It wasn’t until he left the UK to travel to Asia that he had a vision. Upon returning to the UK, he spent time working for hotels around Cambridge, then decided to move to Sheffield where he worked as a station manager at the hugely popular gastropub The Milestone. Over the next five years, he worked his way up to head chef, meeting his wife Stacey, and then helping to expand the business.

Elizabeth Cottam owns HOME, The Owl and CORA restaurants in Leeds.

She rose to fame when she appeared on Masterchef in 2016, where she reached the semi-finals of the contest.

HOME features in the 2022 Michelin Guide, with its new contemporary bakery and restaurant CORA, based in Boston Spa.

Mark’s culinary career began with the catering team at the University of Sheffield, before working at Cliveden House and Petrus, working under Marcus Wareing. He also worked with Gordon Ramsey.

In 2016 he saved enough money to fund his lifelong ambition of owning his own pub and restaurant, The Bull’s Head in Holymoorside, Derbyshire, where he uses local produce wherever possible.

While cooking, her aim is to “give traditional British cuisine the elegance of a contemporary fine dining experience”.

Bobby Geetha was born in Kerala, India, and owns Fleur Cafe, based in Leeds, and Casa Peri Peri in Wakefield, alongside owner Zack Isaak.

He was a finalist for The Masterchef: The Professionals in 2015 and has decades of hands-on management experience in the kitchens of five-star luxury hotels.

Bobby is the author of five cookbooks on Indian cuisine and is the founder of the website

He trained at the Michelin-starred Noma in Denmark and worked in Dubai, where he was named the UAE’s Best Indian Chef in 2018.

Bobby is now based in Leeds and is a consultant chef, restaurant owner and his cooking will be inspired by his Indian heritage and love of the North, in Great British Menu to showcase Yorkshire culinary skills.

How can I watch Great British Menu?

The first heat from the North East and Yorkshire will be broadcast on BBC Two on Tuesday March 8 at 8 p.m.

One chef will be eliminated at the end of the episode before the remaining chefs face off in an episode airing Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

A winner for the North East and Yorkshire Heat will be announced by the judges in an episode airing Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

You can watch the episode live on BBC Two or you can also follow the episode on BBC iPlayer.


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