Great British Menu 2022: How Leeds chefs Liz Cottam and Bobby Geetha fared on BBC Two


Liz Cottam and Bobby Geetha, who joined Jöro’s owner Luke French in Sheffield, and Mark Aisthorpe of Bulls Head in Derbyshire, competed in the North East and Yorkshire heat.

Bobby is Executive Chef of Fleur Cafe, while Liz Cottam is Chef Patron of HOME, The Owl and CORA. Both chefs are shortlisted as Chef of the Year in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 2022 Oliver Awards.

Chefs from across the country compete to have their dishes featured at the Great British Menu banquet, which this year celebrates 100 years of British broadcast.

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Michael O’Hare pictured with Liz Cottam on Great British Menu 2022 (Picture: BBC)

The series is hosted by Andi Oliver with a new lineup of judges – Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge, restaurateur Nisha Katona and comedian and food podcaster Ed Gamble.

O’Hare, the owner of Michelin-starred restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, has been revealed as a judge for the North East and Yorkshire heat.

So how did the Leeds chiefs fare?

The first half of the North East and Yorkshire heat, starters and fish, aired on Tuesday evening.

Liz with Bobby Geetha, presenter Andi Oliver, Luke French, Jöro’s owner in Sheffield, and Mark Aisthorpe from Bulls Head in Derbyshire (Photo: BBC)

Liz was against it after having to redo elements of her Last of the Summer Wine-inspired lamb starter, but came away with the highest score at the end of both rounds.

It was Bobby, who came to the show on just a week’s notice after another chef left, who sadly went home.

Michael O’Hare wanted more spice and finesse with the plating, but said he enjoyed Bobby’s food and praised him for stepping up at the last minute.

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Speaking on the show, Bobby said: “The competition is really tight with some amazing chefs, it’s a challenge but I really enjoyed it.

“I did myself justice, I pushed myself. It was a very good experience for me. »

In the main and dessert round, which aired Wednesday, the three remaining chefs competed for the chance to cook for the judges.

It wasn’t Liz’s day – she was eight minutes behind pass with her Strictly Come Dancing-inspired main course, and her Downton Abbey-inspired dessert fell flat.

After receiving low scores from O’Hare, she withdrew from the competition – but was praised for not giving up and still releasing two dishes when nothing was going her way.

“What a rollercoaster that was,” Liz said.

“It was a really special, hard as hell adventure, but I loved it all. As always, people make it happen.

“The chefs, crew and especially Andi and Michael made even the painful times special, offering tons of support and love.

“Big thanks to everyone and can’t wait to see one of the remaining boys bring North East to this banquet.”

Kerala-born Bobby Geetha runs Fléur Cafe in Leeds and Casa Peri Peri in Wakefield alongside owner Zack Isaak.

Now based in Leeds, Bobby is a consultant chef, restaurateur and author of five cookbooks on Indian cuisine.

Liz Cottam is the founder of HOME, The Owl and CORA restaurants in Leeds.

She shot to fame after appearing on Masterchef in 2016, making the semi-finals of the contest.

Its gourmet restaurant HOME is listed in the 2022 Michelin Guide, alongside its new contemporary bakehouse and its CORA restaurant at Boston Spa.

Liz spoke of her pride after the restaurant, which only opened in May, was listed in the prestigious guide.

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