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 Step behind the scenes at The Wildebeest. Here we'll share with you a taste of news behind the stove, on our farm and in our restaurant.

Yes the rumours are true...


Chef Patron, Daniel Smith, WILL be appearing on the brand new series of The Great British Menu on BBC2 and this year is set to be a historic one as the Palace of Westminster opens its doors for the first televised banquet to be held in the historic House of Commons Members Dining Room.  Competing to cook at the Banquet in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Great Britons, the Chefs will be challenged to create dishes that are a fitting legacy to our modern Elizabethan Age.   They have taken inspiration from the transformation in British food throughout her historic reign and the achievements of Her Majesty's Great Britons - ordinary people who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday and New Year's Honours listing over the years recognising their extraordinary achievements in different walks of life.

 In the regional heats, the dishes will be judged by 8 competition veterans, amongst the most accomplished and successful chefs in the UK; including Daniel Clifford, Simon Rogan, Phil Howard, Richard Corrigan, Michael O'Hare and Angela Hartnett.

 Our own Daniel Smith will be representing the Central region and competing against Danny Gill, formerly of The Flitch of Bacon in Essex and now at The Bell in Coleby, Lincs and Andrew Scott of Restaurant 56 in Oxfordshire. The two chefs scored most highly will then present their 4-course menu to award-winning restaurant critic Matthew Fort; doyenne of British Cookery Prue Leith and acclaimed restaurateur Oliver Peyton.  Each week the panel will be joined by a guest judge and together they will decide which chef will be the champion of their region; worthy of potentially becoming an ambassador for contemporary British cuisine.   The 8 regional winners will then compete in the National Finals for a chance to cook at the Great Britons Banquet at The Houses of Parliament.

 Judge, Matthew Fort, said In the competition this year we see some of the finest food we have ever seen.  It is modern, original and delicious.  The future of British food is secure: the future of British food is exciting.

 We can't tell you any more yet!  But we'll let you know when to tune in to watch Daniel flying the flag for The Ingham Swan and in turn helping to further place Norfolk on the foodie map of Britain.