Great British Menu 2022: Welsh restaurant’s website crashes after chef gets 10/10 on BBC show
It’s Welsh week on this year’s Great British Menu and one of the kitchen’s professional chefs has impressed fellow contestants and judge Angela Hartnett with a run of ten out of ten.
Chef Nathan Davies’ cooking was so impressive that it even caused his restaurant’s website to crash due to the number of people trying to visit it.
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Nathan Davies is co-owner of Aberystwyth’s SY23, which has just been awarded a Michelin star and named the best new restaurant in uk by the prestigious Michelin Guide.
He’s known for his flame-cooked dishes that make the most of local produce, and he’s even brought his own handmade barbecue with him to the Great British Menu kitchen.
This year, the four Welsh chefs compete to cook a course at a banquet celebrating a century of British broadcasting with dishes inspired by various TV shows, including Saturday Night Family Dishes and one-off events.
Other Welsh chefs competing for a place at the banquet are Larkin Cen from Cardiff, head chef at Bristol’s Woky Ko, Mark Threadgill, head chef at Portmeirion Hotel, and Tom Phillips from Newport, head chef at London’s Restaurant Story.
Nathan Davies’ starter was inspired by the TV show Merlin and featured slow-cooked barbecued lamb neck served with hay-smoked onion hearts, fermented ancient grains, beer broth and miso puree.
Cleverly featured in a potions book, Nathan’s other contestants all scored him a 10 with Chief Larkin Cen saying, “I think you made it.” Judge Angela Hartnett scored the dish a nine with presenter Andi Oliver describing it as “outstanding cuisine” with “big, bold flavors” and “excellent link to brief”.
Nathan’s fish course, inspired by the BBC documentary Coast, impressed even more. Combining ingredients from the Wales coast, the dish featured a grilled scallop served with razor clams, Japanese sanbaizu sauce, chive oil, scallop crumbs and seaweed.
Responding to the dish, chef Mark Threadgill said “when you eat it you can taste like you’re walking the coast”, and Nathan’s other three contestants gave it a 10 out of 10. Judge Angela Hartnett was also blown. away by Nathan’s kitchen, scoring him a 10 and saying “you nailed the link to the file” and describing it as a “standout dish”.
Nathan’s cooking was so impressive that during the episode, his SY23 restaurant website crashed, and Nathan posted the following message on Instagram: “GBM meant the whole world is on our website. Please be patient to continue, there is currently a while.
This is the second year in a row that Nathan has achieved a 10 out of 10 for his fishing course and he is now the favorite to enter the judges’ chamber on Friday February 17 with a current total score of 19.
His compatriot Tom Phillips is second in line with a combined score of 16, having scored nine for his sweet bread in a yellow wine sauce inspired by the drama Northern Lights and seven for his turbot in a vanilla sauce inspired by Doctor’s favorite dish. Who of fish sticks and custard.
Larkin Cen was the third chef to advance to the next episode with a total score of 15 for his char sui pork entrée, inspired by Fireman Sam, and a barbecue monkfish katsu curry, inspired by the first color TV show.
Chef Mark Threadgill also scored a total of 15 for his “Don’t eye up my Bhuna” quail curry starter, inspired by Gavin and Stacey’s iconic take-out scene, and a panko panko bass dish inspired by Doctor Who with brown crab cream. .
However, Larkin progressed to the next episode in a tiebreaker because his couch was rated higher by judge Angela Hartnett.
At the end of the Wednesday, February 16 episode, two chefs will progress to the judges’ room where they will have to impress celebrity chefs Tom Kerridge and Nisha Katona as well as comedian Ed Gamble and a guest judge.
A chef will then advance to the finals and compete for the chance to cook at the banquet.
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Great British Menu continues tonight on BBC Two at 8 p.m.