Olympic battle between Northern Ireland’s top chefs

This week on the popular BBC Show Great British Menu it’s the turn of 3 top chefs from the North of Ireland to do battle for the chance to cook at a glittering Olympic banquet.

This summer, the Olympic Games will be hosted in London and it is expected that visitors and tourist from around the globe will choose to combine their vacations in Ireland and other close by European countries with the Olympics.

This week as Northern Ireland’s top chefs do battle for the once in a lifetime opportunity to create a very special feast to celebrate the Olympic games at the Olympic Feast; returning chef contenders Chris Fearon, Chris Bell and Niall McKenna showcase their menus using the very best of Irish produce, including in one extremely daring dish using crushed rose petals, selected from an organic grower on Ireland’s north east coast.

Throughout the programmes aired this week, viewers are treated to culinary expertise as well as seeing some of the amazing countryside in the North of Ireland, as the Chef’s go about showing how they were inspired and where their ingredients are from.

Creating a breathtaking, awe-inspiring menu that captures the Olympic Spirit is no easy feat, nor is having your dishes scrutinized by the formidable Richard Corrigan; one of Ireland’s most well known chefs. Richard will continue to oversee and judge the 2 remaining dishes before annoucing on Thursday which of Ireland’s 2 chefs’ will make it to Friday’s final to cook again for the judging panel of Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton. Will Chris Fearon, last year’s Northern Ireland representative and GBM competition winner in 2011 who cooked his starter at the GBM banquet last year be able to retain his title.

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