Liverpool chef Dave Critchley will return to the heat of the Great British Menu kitchen next week.
The executive chef director at Lu Ban, which creates Tianjin inspired dishes, has been invited back to compete in the new series of the popular BBC cookery show.
Critchley is one of four chefs competing in the North West regional heat, which tests the chefs’ creative and culinary skills in the search for the perfect menu.
The weekly heats are aired across three nights and features four chefs going head-to-head in a bid to impress the judges. The North West episodes will be broadcast from 8 February at 8pm on BBC Two.
This is the 17th series and dishes will be themed to celebrate 100 years of Great British Broadcasting.
The series will again be hosted by Andi Oliver and features a new line of judges: Michelin starred, GBM double banquet winner, Tom Kerridge; Restaurateur Nisha Katona, and Comedian and Food Podcast Presenter Ed Gamble.
Critchley, who is making his second appearance on the show, having been in Series 16, said, “I am really looking forward to being involved with Great British Menu again as it was such a great experience last time.
“I’ve been given a second bite of the cherry and I intend to make the most of it. My ambition is to go one step further and to make it to the judges’ chamber. It is a competition but it is also an amazing opportunity to showcase the Chinese culinary arts I’ve been learning these last two years.”
His North West rivals are Sam Lomas (Glebe House), Stevie Lamb (The Orangery at Rockcliffe Hall), Caroline Martins (Blossom Street Social).