Ulverston chef Craig Sherrington back on the box tonight for Great British Menu finals

The North West will be throwing its support behind Ulverston chef Craig Sherrington tonight as finals week kicks off on BBC2’s Great British Menu.

Craig made everyone proud when he won his heats last month and now the Ulverston food maestro will be competing to win the coveted crown from 7pm tonight on BBC2.
This year’s Great British Menu may  be drawing to a close, but the most important week of the competition is yet to come. The final sees chefs from each region (apart from the North West, where two got through) cook their menu once more for the judges, in a bid to get a dish through to the banquet which celebrates seventy years of the NHS.
Working under chefs such as David Everitt-Matthias and Eric Chavot turned Craig  into a formidable chef who now owns Virginia House in Ulverston. In Craig’s Kitchen he serves relaxed bistro-style food, but has previously crafted tasting menus that play with unusual flavour combinations and the very best local ingredients. As a newcomer and a relatively unknown chef, he proved himself to be a formidable contestant.
Last month in the North West heats it’s was back to the 80s and 90s at Virginia House, when he recreated retro TV dinners so he and his diners could watch him compete in the BBC’s programme.

Each night diners packed into the restaurant and watched Craig compete on the 65 inch TV screen while he was cooking in the kitchen.

Just before the results were announced each night he Facebooked Lived himself and the diners to cheers all round as night by night he cooked up a storm.

That will continue this week.

On finale day on Friday FGH chef and good friend Andy Bickle was on hand to show his support and cheer Craig on.

The link to the Barrow’s hospital fitted in well with the show’s 2018 theme of celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

Tonight will kick off  with the starter course as the chefs arrive in the kitchen and size up their rivals for the first time, they discover the competition is stiffer than any of them had imagined. Whether they have made it this far before or are first-time finalists, each is gunning to make it on to the final menu. As the cooking of their starters gets underway, nerves will be tangible and several of the chefs struggle with some of their more complex elements.

The judges are joined by guest judge GP, author and presenter Dr Rangan Chatterjee, whose work with the public, including on TV series Doctor in the House, provides life- changing care for families across the country.

Who will win the first coveted spot on the final banquet menu?
Dad Craig, 42, is originally from across the bay in Morecambe, began his love of cooking aged eight when he used to disappear into the kitchen and whisk up some cakes using his mum’s cookbooks.
At school he was one of two boys in his GCSE Food Studies class and both ironically went on to be amazing chefs.
He trained at Morecambe College before honing his skills at Lakeside, Stoss Hall plus London and the Cotswold before heading to Urswick to take over the General Burgoyne in 2010.

The chef of 24 years then headed to Ulverston in September 2015 and as well as his restaurant he has a popular gin bar and and eight guest bedrooms.

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