Great British Menu chefs to serve up a banquet in the Commons
The first televised banquet to be held in the House of Commons Members' dining room will feature in the new series of The Great British Menu.
The BBC Two show will see chefs from around the country prepare a four course menu inspired by the transformation in British food throughout the Queen's reign for a chance to cook at the Palace of Westminster.
In the regional heats, the chefs' dishes will be judged by veterans of the competition, including Tom Aikens, Simon Rogan, Richard Corrigan, Michael O'Hare and Angela Hartnett.
The judges will narrow it down to two chefs, who will present their four course menu to restaurant critic Matthew Fort, cookery writer Prue Leith, and restaurateur Oliver Peyton.
Each week the panel will be joined by a guest judge from the food industry to choose a regional champion from Scotland, the South West, North West, Wales, Central England, London/South East, North East and Northern Ireland.
The eight regional winners will then compete in the national finals for a chance to cook at the Great Britons Banquet at the Houses of Parliament for people who have been recognised on the Queen's birthday and New Year's honours list.
Peyton said: "The chance to cook at the Palace of Westminster is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it would be considered a crowning glory of any career. The competition this year is intense, the chefs sense how well they need to cook. As a result the quality of the dishes produced is outstanding, world class."
Leith added: "The chefs are competing to cook for people who have gone above and beyond to help others or to help their country and I think these Great Britons really inspired them. British cuisine has changed so much in my lifetime and also in the lifetime of the competition and in this year's competition the chefs never cease to astonish us by creating the most beautiful food."