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Lake District chef to compete in Great British Menu

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A Lake District chef will appear on the BBC’s Great British Menu next week.

Dan McGeorge, head chef at Ambleside’s Rothay Manor, is one of four chefs representing the North West of England in the regional heats, which start on May 5.

Dan, 30, will be battling it out for a place in finals week against Kirk Howarth, of Plates, London, Dave Critchley, of Lu Ban, Liverpool and Ashwani Rangta, of Gupshup, Altrincham.

The latest series of Great British Menu, on BBC Two at 8pm, started last month.

Three episodes are shown each week for eight weeks, covering each regional heat before finals week, culminating in a banquet.

This year’s theme is all about British innovation, as 2021 marks 30 years since Sir Timothy Berners-Lee first made the internet widely available, as well as Helen Sharman becoming the first British astronaut to go into space.

Dan McGeorge head chef Rothay Manor. Picture: Polly Baldwin Photography

The programme format has stayed the same, but previous judge Andi Oliver is taking over the presenting role from Susan Calman, which means new judge Rachel Khoo, who rose to fame with her own cookery series The Little Paris Kitchen will get in among the chefs in the 2021.

Dan said: ‘’It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m part of Great British Menu 2021.

“I’m looking forward to showcasing my dishes and representing the Lake District in the North West regional heats and seeing how far I can progress against some of the best established and up and coming chefs in UK’s restaurant scene.’’

Dan has been head chef at Rothay Manor for over three years.

During his tenure, he has earned the restaurant 3 AA Rosettes and most recently a Michelin Plate.

Dan also recently achieved a 2020 Acorn Award, which recognises the brightest stars in UK hospitality under the age of 30.