East Devon chef to take part in BBC cooking competition

An East Devon-based chef will take part in season 17 of BBC Two’s Great British Menu.

Sam Lomas is the head chef at Glebe House, a restaurant and guest house in Southleigh, near Colyton.

Glebe House won the Sunday Times B&B of the Year in 2021 and has been described as a ‘unique gourmet retreat’ which offers cooking lessons for guests.

Sam grew up in Kerridge, outside Macclesfield in the North West. At 18, he won a competition to move to Devon and become an apprentice at River Cottage with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

It was during this time that Sam developed a love for sustainable cooking and incorporated foraging and seasonal food into his dishes.

Sam’s prides itself on its creative, locally inspired cuisine and is dedicated to building strong relationships with local suppliers and raising its own livestock.

Sam said: “It’s a real privilege to be a contestant in this Great British Menu series.”

“This show was an inspiration to me growing up and it’s one of the reasons I became a chef in the first place.

“It’s an honor to represent the North West in the competition, it will always be my home.

“But Devon and the South West is where I learned to cook and it’s a constant source of inspiration for me.

“The variety of amazing producers, chefs and restaurants is great – it feels like a real community.”

During the show, Sam will represent his home region of the North West and compete for a place on an exclusive banquet menu to be served at a celebration of 100 years of British broadcasting to be held at Alexandra Palace, London, later this year.

He will first participate in a regional competition, competing against three other chefs and will be responsible for creating and cooking his own menu.

A chef will be eliminated after cooking a starter and a fish dish, another chef will be eliminated after cooking a main dish and a dessert.

The final two chefs will cook the four dishes for the judges, with the winner entering a final competition where they will compete against the winners from each region.

They will then have one last chance to cook for the judges, who will choose one dish for each course from the six-course banquet menu, one of which will be chosen as the “Champion of Champions”.

For 2022, the judges will be Michelin-starred, two-time GBM Banquet winner, Tom Kerridge; Restaurateur Nisha Katona and comedian and food podcaster Ed Gamble.

Sam will represent the North West and compete in the Heat beginning February 8, 2022.

The Appetizers and Fish episode will premiere at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Main Course and Dessert will air at the same time on Wednesday, with the final judging for the Northwest Heat airing at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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