Alderley Edge Hotel’s head chef, Chris Holland, is about to become a national television chef as a selection of top cooking names line up for the BBC’s latest ‘Great British Menu’ series.
The eight-week series launched on January 28 and the North West section – featuring Chris alongside Aiden Byrne and Mary–Ellen McTague – starts on February 11 at 7.30pm
This year’s theme is a celebration of the Comic Relief charity fundraising marathon and the chefs are tasked with creating playful, funny dishes inspired and judged by some of theUK’s best comedians and TV comedy writers.
“It’s one of the highest-pressure experiences I’ve ever had in a kitchen,” says Chris, “and competing with Aiden Byrne, who is one of the country’s most experienced chefs at this competition level, made it even more stressful. But it’s great fun too and the comedy brief brings out some great food ideas from everyone.”
Now the Alderley Restaurant customers have a chance to taste some of Chris’s TV dishes for themselves as part of a new seasonal tasting menu that started on January 28, to coincide with the start of the TV series.
The six-course tasting menu, and coffee, is available every lunchtime and evening, Monday to Saturday, right through to the end of March. And Alderley Edge Hotel will donate 10% of the £70 cover price to Comic Relief.
In March, the three North West‘Great British Menu’ chefs will re-unite for a fundraising dinner at the Alderley Edge Hotel. Chris Holland, Aiden Byrne and Mary–Ellen McTague will recreate their television dishes and another donation, from the ticket sales, will be made to Comic Relief.