Luke French, chef-director and culinary mastermind behind JÖRO restaurant on Kelham Island, showed off his culinary skills to an audience of millions when he appeared on BBC Two’s popular Great British Menu on Tuesday night.
Sheffield’s famous JÖRO chef to appear on BBC Two’s Great British Menu
Appearing alongside him is Mark Aisthorpe, who cut his teeth as part of the University of Sheffield catering team and is now patron chef at Bulls Head in Holymoorside.
They are fighting to represent the North East and Yorkshire region and to earn the ultimate reward of serving a dish at the final banquet.
This year’s series celebrates 100 years of British broadcasting with contestants tasked with reflecting the theme in their cooking.
Luke’s starter and fish dishes were inspired by Butterflies and Brideshead Revisited, while Mark had a Heartbeat and Chucklevision theme.
Both Luke and Mark advanced to the next round of the competition, earning 14 and 16 points respectively from surprise judge Michael O’Hare, a former Great British Menu winner.
Luke said: “I’m really happy to be at the top of the standings, I didn’t expect it. Going into the main course puts me in a strong position and I have to make sure everything is perfect and everything is perfect. It’s the right time to play.
Mark added that he was “really, really happy not to be out. I’m only a few points behind, so I’m going to put my all into this main course and hopefully get there with the best points.
Bobby Geetha left the competition with 11 points, having only stepped in to compete on a week’s notice.
The three remaining chefs will now move on to tonight’s program where presenter Andi Oliver will ask them to cook a main course, a palate cleanser and a dessert.
Two contenders will advance to the next round where they will once again have to cook their six-course menu and impress three-star Michelin chef Tom Kerridge, chef and restaurateur Nisha Katona, and comedian and popular food podcast host Ed Gamble.
In addition, they will have to convince the guest judge, Si King of the Hairy Bikers.
Only one of the chiefs will triumph and advance to the national final to represent the North East and Yorkshire.
Mark and Luke will appear on the next BBC Two show tonight, Wednesday March 9, no later than 9 p.m.