• Great British Menu, Liam Simpson-Trotman

Liverpool chef to compete in new ‘Great British Menu’ series

A chef and restaurant co-owner from Liverpool will compete in ‘Great British Menu’ when the popular show returns next week.

The culinary BBC Two programme’s 13th series, which gets underway on 13 August, will feature Liam Simpson-Trotman among its top 24 chefs from across the nation as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Liam runs Orwells Restaurant in Oxfordshire with his husband and fellow chef Ryan Simpson-Trotman, who will also be competing.

Liam will battle it out in the North West category while Ryan aims to win the Central England title, as the pair becomes the first chef duo and married couple to appear on the programme.

This year’s North West category will see Liam come up against Ellis Barrie from The Marram Grass in Anglesey who is also originally from Liverpool and appeared on last year’s series, as well as Craig Sherrington from Virginia House in Cumbria.

Contestants will cook celebratory and heartfelt dishes in tribute to heroic health service staff as they create them for a banquet at the Great Hall of St Bartholomew’s Hospital – Britain’s oldest working hospitals.

Judges Andi Oliver, Oliver Peyton OBE and Matthew Fort will be joined in the series by a host of guest judges from the NHS, with infectious disease specialist Dr Jake Dunning who is recognised for his work during the West Africa Ebola epidemic helping to pick the North West winner.

Two chefs will make it through to each regional final to try and convince an expert panel that their dishes deserve a place in the national finals as well as a potential spot on the final banquet menu.

For the first time, one outstanding chef will also be crowned the champion of champions when banquet diners vote on their favourite dish in the final episode.

Prior to opening their Orwells restaurant in May 2010, Liam and Ryan Simpson-Trotman achieved accolades including two AA Rosettes and one Michelin Star at fellow Oxfordshire restaurant The Goose.

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