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Great British Menu, Series 9 Episode 1 of 45

Duration: 30 minutes

Great British Menu is back and 24 of the nation's top chefs are hoping it will be their finest hour. They are fighting it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day at a bastion of British wartime resilience, London's magnificent St Paul's Cathedral. Guests will include those who fought on 6 June 1944 itself, as well as others who served on both the frontline and the home front.

This year's challenge is to produce 21st century dishes worthy of our war heroes. The chefs' creations must evoke the wartime spirit of the generation which fought for our freedom, honour the bravery shown throughout the Second World War and, of course, taste delicious too. To create their dishes, the chefs have taken inspiration from their families' and communities' contributions to the war effort as well as delving into the history books.

Along the way there will be both jubilant triumphs and crushing tragedies as the chefs do everything they can to get their dishes on to the final banquet menu. Who will endure toil, sweat and tears to win the chance of honouring the incredible wartime heroes at the banquet?

This time three of Northern Ireland's top chefs - returning finalist Raymond McArdle, Richard Corrigan's protégé Chris McGowan and young gun Will Brown - go head-to-head. They must impress the week's mystery veteran judge with their starter courses. Having missed out in 2013, second-timer Ray is determined to score highly, but will newcomers Chris and Will steal his crown?

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Series Producer
Tom Clarke
Executive Producer
Nicola Moody


Q & A with the winning chefs

Winning Chefs

The chefs who made it to the banquet talk about how much it meant to them

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