Prue Leith's show The Great British Menu to feature House of Commons feast


The first televised banquet to be held in the House of Commons Members' dining room will feature in the new series of The Great British Menu.

The BBC Two show will see chefs from around the country prepare a four-course menu inspired by the transformation in British food throughout the Queen's reign for a chance to cook at the Palace of Westminster.

Palace of Westminster
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In the regional heats, the chefs' dishes will be judged by veterans of the competition, including Tom Aikens, Simon Rogan, Richard Corrigan, Michael O'Hare and Angela Hartnett.

The veteran judges will narrow it down to two chefs, who will present their four-course menu to restaurant critic Matthew Fort, cookery writer Prue Leith, and restaurateur Oliver Peyton.

Oliver Peyton (left) and Giorgio Locatelli
Oliver Peyton (left) and Giorgio Locatelli (Yui Mok/PA)

Each week the panel will be joined by a guest judge from the food industry to choose a regional champion from Scotland, the South West, North West, Wales, Central England, London/South East, North East and Northern Ireland.

The eight regional winners will then compete in the national finals for a chance to cook at the Great Britons Banquet at the Houses of Parliament for people who have been recognised on the Queen's birthday and New Year's honours list.