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Great British Menu

People on street enjoying a Big Lunch in Deal, KentWhat is The Big Lunch?

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year; it’s happening on Sunday 3 June 2012.

Your event can be anything from a simple lunch in your garden to a huge street party. Nearly 1 million people took part last summer.



The Big Lunch and Great British Menu

In 2011 BBC TWO's longest running cookery programme,Great British Menu, was inspired by The Big Lunch and with the theme for the series being cooking for the people – creating awe-inspiring food that can be shared at the ultimate street party.

How Great British Menu worksCakes and other desserts on a table at Big Lunch

The Great British Menu chefs battled to create spectacular sharing dishes, platters that would get everyone talking, proving food has the power to bring us all together for the best street party ever. The winner then had their dishes paraded down the ancient cobbled streets of Leadenhall Market to about 100 expectant guests including the Great British Menu judges, Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort.

In search of ideas for their menus all the chefs were tasked with finding local heroes, people who go out of their way to connect their communities, using food to make strangers, friends.







Competing chefs: THE FINALISTS

The Great British Menu finalists will cook for ‘The People’s Banquet’ was hosted by Big Lunch ambassador Barbara Windsor at Leadenhall Market.

  1. Aktar Islam

    Photo of Aktar Islam

    Aktar is a strong willed dedicated chef with an ingrained self-belief in his ability. His modern take on traditional Indian cuisine, coupled with high level of technical knowhow make him a welcome addition to this year’s competition.

    More on the BBC website
  2. Paul Ainsworth

    Photo of Paul Ainsworth

    A new comer to GBM; Paul Ainsworth has an unshakeable confidence his ability.He is a chef with strong ideas and a real flair for new takes on traditional food. A strong advocate of South West produce he has created a real niche in his adopted Cornwall. The 31 year old is relishing competing on GBM.

    More on the BBC website
  3. Tom Kerridge

    Photo of Lisa Allen

    Tom is a light hearted and engaging chef with real ability. Last year’s winner for his main he has already shown that he has what it takes to go all the way. There are high expectations again this year.

    More on the BBC website
  4. Chris Fearon

    Photo of Chris Fearon

    29 year old Belfast-based Chris Fearon is a proud Irishman with a point to prove that the food produced in Northern Ireland is as good, if not better, than anywhere in the UK.

    More on the BBC website

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