Who are the chefs in series 16?

GREAT British Menu kicks off with its 16th series TONIGHT (March 24).

Viewers can tune in at 8pm to meet a whole new batch of chefs.

Great British Menu is back for a 16th series


Great British Menu is back for a 16th seriesCredit: BBC

Who are the Great British Menu chefs?

The Great British Menu sees 32 chefs from across the country compete and present dishes that showcase the best of their culinary skill.

From each region there will be four chefs competing.

This will be the show’s first return to the small screen since its Christmas special.


Stuart Collins

Stuart Collins will compete in the first episode


Stuart Collins will compete in the first episodeCredit: BBC

Stuart is 37 years old and from Staffordshire.

He’s worked with big names in the food business, from Gordon Ramsay to Michael Caines and Gary Rhodes.

Clearly a fan of travel, he’s cooked in London, New York, Newton Abbot, Cheshire, and Qatar.

In 2017 he opened his own restaurant, Docket No 33 in Shropshire.

Last year it became Michelin recommended and earned itself a Michelin plate.

Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson has worked with some of Britain's best chefs


Shannon Johnson has worked with some of Britain’s best chefsCredit: BBC

Lincolnshire born Shannon is 27 years old and well travelled, which has influenced her culinary talent.

She worked for three tears at Murano with Angela Hartnett.

Now she’s the head chef at Hicce in Coal’s Drop Yard, London which has a Michelin plate rating.

There she works for Pip Lacey, who won a Banquet starter course four years ago.

She focuses on woodfired cooking at the restaurant.

Sabrina Gidda

Sabrina Gidda is back for her third go on the show


Sabrina Gidda is back for her third go on the showCredit: BBC

Sabrina, from Wolverhampton, has competed on the show twice before, so maybe it’s third time lucky.

Three years ago she was the runner up in this region.

Though she first thought a career in fashion was for her, a chance encounter at playing chef when her colleague couldn’t finish his service one day made her see that cooking was the dream.

She worked at the Dorchester and was twice a Roux Scholarship finalist.

She is Executive Chef at London Mayfair’s AllBright.

Her Punjabi heritage influences her use of flavours.

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon found his love of cooking with his nana


Liam Dillon found his love of cooking with his nanaCredit: BBC

Liam started cooking with his nana while his parents worked. Together they made all sorts and this fuelled his passion.

Since then he’s worked with major talents Marcus Wareing and Tom Sellers.

Like the other contestants, he’s travelled across the world and cooked in Sydney, Copenhagen and New York.

In 2017, he opened The Boat Inn in Lichfield, the town he’s from.

He works with his family and the establishment is both Michelin recommended and holds 3 AA rosettes.


  • Kim Ratcharoen, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
  • Oli Marlow, Roganic and Aulis, London and Hong Kong
  • Tony Parkin, Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room, Surrey
  • Ben Murphy, Launceston Place, London

North East

  • Alex Bond, Alchemilla, Nottingham
  • Ruth Hansom, the Princess of Shoreditch, London
  • Tom Spenceley, Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London
  • Gareth Bartram, Winteringham Fields, North Lincolnshire

North West

  • Kirk Haworth, Plates, London
  • Dan McGeorge, Rothay Manor, Lake District
  • Dave Critchley, Lu Ban, Liverpool
  • Ashwani Rangta, Gupshup, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Northern Ireland

  • Paul Cunningham, Brunel’s, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Gemma Austin, Alexander’s, Holywood
  • Phelim O’Hagan, Brown Bonds Hill, Londonderry
  • Andy Scollick, the Boat House, Bangor


The BBC are yet to reveal details on those competing in this region, but we do know who most of them are.

Roberta McCarron

Roberta McCarron


Roberta McCarronCredit: BBC

Roberta is chef and owner of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith


Scott SmithCredit: BBC

Scott is the chef and owner at Fhior, based in Edinburgh.

He opened it with his wife, Laura.

Stuart Ralston

Stuart Ralston


Stuart RalstonCredit: BBC

Stuart is head chef at Aizle at The Kimpton and Noto.

He’s worked with Gordon Ramsay.

South West

  • Jude Kereama, Kota and Kota Kai, Porthleven, Cornwall
  • Elly Wentworth, the Angel, Dartmouth
  • Nick Beardshaw, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, London
  • Nat Tallents, the Box, Plymouth


  • Hywel Griffith, Beach House, the Gower
  • Nathan Davies, SY23, Aberystwyth
  • Ali Borer, the Nutbourne, London
  • Chris Cleghorn, the Olive Tree, Bath

What time is Great British Menu on TV tonight?

Great British Menu begins at 8pm on BBC Two.

This will be the show’s 16th series and kicks off on March 24.

Episodes can be caught up on at BBC iPlayer.

Watch the trailer for series 16 of Great British Menu

Rebecca R. Ammons

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