Great British Menu announces new addition to judging panel

Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

TV chef and cookbook author Rachel Khoo has joined the Great British Menu judging panel.

The Croydon-born 40-year-old will make her debut this spring alongside returning judges Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton, plus a different guest each week.

Khoo, best known for her BBC series Little Paris Kitchen, is expected to bring her training as a pastry chef in the French capital to the role.

Her appointment comes as former judge Andi Oliver reprises her role of presenter for a second series.

Khoo said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of judge at the Great British Menu! We have some extraordinary chefs in the UK and the programme does a great job of showcasing that homegrown talent.

“I’m so proud to be part of the series and I can’t wait for viewers to see what’s in store.”

Series 16 of Great British Menu will mark the 30th anniversary of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web, and of Helen Sharman becoming the first British astronaut to go into space.

The contestants will therefore be celebrating British innovation throughout the challenges.

– Great British Menu returns to BBC Two for its 16th series in March.

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