It is hard to believe that Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Can it really be 25 years ago that those little red noses (and if I remember not as comfortable as they are today!) hit the high-street.
To celebrate this anniversary a banquet is to be held at the Royal Albert Hall where around 100 guests from the showbusiness world, as well as many unsung heroes of charity work will be wowed with a menu of gastronomic delight created for them by the winner of this year’s Great British Menu. The eighth series has returned to our TV screens but with a wonderful humorous twist to support our Great British charity for 2013; not only must the dishes taste amazing but they also need to bring a smile to faces of the judging panel.
As with previous years, the show follows the familiar format as 24 of Britain’s finest chefs compete in 8 regional heats for the chance to create the 4 course menu to be served at the banquet. Throughout the week we watch as three chefs from each region cook a starter, fish course, main course and dessert for the chef mentor of the week who will select two chefs to cook their menu again on Friday’s show. This year the show’s regular panel of judges, Matthew Fort, Oliver Peyton and Prue Leith will be joined by some of the UK’s funniest comedians and TV comedy writers.
Getting involved with Menu Relief
Millions of pounds are raised for UK charities each year and so many of us have grown up with and supported Comic Relief during these 25 years, so this year it is great to have a very enjoyable way to get involved. 300 restaurants from across the country, are taking part in Menu Relief creating special Red Nose Day menus with donations going to Comic Relief; so when we dine, we donate.
AC Services are pleased to be supporting Comic Relief and will be closely following the progress of one of our customers with a Rational oven, Richard Davies, Executive Chef at The Manor House Hotel, (Bybrook Restaurant) Castle Combe, www.manorhouse.co.uk .
Richard is taking part in the regional heat from Wales; on our screens week commencing Monday 18th March. His full Great British Menu will be featured at his restaurant as part of Menu Relief during the series. For everyone who likes our Facebook page before his heat, AC Services will donate a £1 to Comic Relief
The grand finale dinner of BBC Two’s Great British Menu, which will be broadcast on 29 March.