The British wheelchair tennis player, ranked world No.1 in singles and world No.3 in doubles, will appear on tonights BBC show at 8.00pm (check for regional time variations). Resident judges Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton are joined by guest judge Gordon Reid, Paralympic gold medallist and winner of the first ever men’s singles wheelchair event at Wimbledon. Reid is the latest in a string of tennis celebrity judges to appear on the show.
Wimbledon attracts the best tennis players from around the world and the standard is matched by the chefs in this series of Great British Menu. Oliver Peyton
It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year’s banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen. Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.
The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.
It is main course day and with only two spots remaining on the banquet menu, the competition is fierce. As the barbecues are fired up, all eight chefs are feeling the heat.
On Monday’s programme with finals week ahead of them, judge Andi Oliver first summoned the chefs to Wimbledon to take a look at where they could be cooking if they win. Sue Barker, host of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage for more than 20 years and a former British number one, was first up as the chefs to prepared their starters.
Last night the judges were joined by Tim Henman, former British number one, who competed in Wimbledon’s semi-final on four separate occasions and now commentates for the BBC, in which the chefs cooked their fish courses.
The competition challenged 24 of the nation’s top chefs to create exceptional dishes fit to serve at this year’s banquet held in the shadow of Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Their creations must celebrate this year’s brief A Taste Of Summer reflecting the tastes, smells and colours of everybody’s favourite time of year and paying tribute to the incredible history and prestige of the Wimbledon Championships.
Restaurateur Andi Oliver has previously been announced as Leith’s replacement on the BBC2 show, joining Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort.
The new judge said: “Joining the Great British Menu judging team is so exciting and for the banquet to be hosted at such an iconic British sporting event as Wimbledon is the icing on top.”
Peyton promised viewers would see the “most amazing food you’ll see on television” while Fort added: “Wimbledon attracts the best tennis players from around the world and the standard is matched by the chefs in this series of Great British Menu.”