August 9, 2022

Zaika

Livingston

Great British Menu: Meet the three Edinburgh chefs taking part in this year’s show

2 min read

Just when our evenings were beginning to feel a wee bit empty, the Great British Menu is finally returning to our screens this month with its sixteenth series bringing more unique cooking, baking and food making our way.

There will be three episodes a week for eight weeks (so plenty of telly to get stuck into it), covering each regional heat before the finals week culminating in the Banquet.

This season will feature team Scotland represented by three of Edinburgh’s top chefs who will be battling it out against each other to earn a place in the final of the show.

Here’s the lowdown on the trio:

Roberta Hall-McCarron, The Little Chartroom

Roberta outside The Little Chartroom
Roberta made it to the final of last season

Edinburgh-born Roberta is returning to the show after making it to the GBM finals last year. She started out in kitchens aged sixteen doing work experience and has worked with Tom Kitchin at The Kitchin before moving on to Castle Terrace with Dominic Jack.

Roberta is chef owner of The Little Chartroom which she runs with her husband, who manages front of house – as well as running TLC on the Prom in Portobello.

Roberta’s style of cooking is traditionally Scottish, influenced by French techniques, and her menu for the competition is inspired by Scotland’s rich larder – reflective of the food served in The Little Chartroom on Leith Walk.

Stuart Ralston, Aizle and Noto

Stuart Ralston
Stuart will be bringing his famed modern Scottish cuisine to the competition.

Seven years ago Fife-born Stuart opened modern Scottish restaurant Aizle, meaning a burning coal or spark in Scots.

The newly relocated restaurant (it’s now in the Kimpton Hotel on Charlotte Square) was voted the fifth best fine dining restaurant in the UK and first in Scotland that year from Tripadvisor.

In 2019 Stuart set up sister restaurant Noto on Thistle Street which was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide.

Stuart will be bringing his famed modern Scottish cuisine to the competition.

Scott Smith, Fhior

Scott Smith
Scott opened Fhior on Broughton Street as chef patron with his wife Laura.

In 2018 Scott opened Fhior on Broughton Street as chef patron with his wife Laura.

Fhior won Restaurant of the Year at the Edinburgh Restaurant Awards in 2019 and has now opened a second site at Jupiter Artland with farmland so he can grow and cook heritage Scottish vegetables for the restaurant.

Scott’s creative modern cooking showcases Scottish produce including foraged and home-preserved ingredients.

The 2021 series of Great British Menu starts on Wednesday 24 March on BBC Two at 8pm.

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