We hope you enjoyed watching our Head Chef, Andrew Sheridan, battle it out on Great British Menu in September. Andrew was recognised by the programme as a “rising star” and branded the “maverick chef” for his for his bold style turning traditional dishes like chicken soup and rice pudding upside down with his own unique spin.
If you watched, you’ll know that the competition was extremely tight as Andrew went head-to-head against Chris Harrod from The Whitebrook in Monmouthshire and Jason Hughes from Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey. After veteran judge, Paul Ainsworth tasted their starter, fish, main course and dessert, Andrew led on points going through to the Friday final to be judged by Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton OBE.
The theme of this year’s Great British Menu was to create dishes to celebrate our NHS heroes and
Andrew’s dishes included “Mum’s Flu Fighting Chicken Soup”; a cod dish named “Gran was right about Cod Liver Oil’ spectacularly served over a bowl of cod liver oil capsules; Andrew’s main course “Nye for Better Steak” celebrated the Welsh founder of the NHS Nye Bevan.
Finally, Andrew’s dessert, “Nurse Onion’s Rice Pudding” was inspired by his Great Grandmother Rebecca Onions, who worked as a nurse until the grand old age of 82. When she wasn’t working Rebecca made time to cook for her family and rice pudding was always everyone’s favourite.Paul Ainsworth gave it a top score of 10, as did two of the judges in the Friday Final. They loved the inspiration behind the dish and described it as a ‘pure delight’ and ‘really original’.
Disappointingly, Andrew was pipped to the post by his rival Chris Harrod who goes through to represent Wales at the banquet.
Andrew is not deterred! He says: “I gave it my all! It’s great to have got such good feedback from the judges and it’s driven me to continue to cook with creatively at Sosban!”
If you missed it the programmes are available on BBC iPlayer for just a little while longer and you can watch them here:
Great British Menu – Welsh heats
You can also come and taste Andrew’s top scoring desert Nurse Onions Rice Pudding at Sosban or recreate the dish at home
Andrew Sheridan’s Great British Menu Apple Rice Pudding recipe >.