As a nation, we love our cooking. And as we see from the plethora of programmes on TV, we also love our cooking shows. Now more than ever before, the chef has become the celebrity and one of these masters, David Kelman, is bringing his menus to the small screen in the BBC’s Great British Menu show 2014.
David, who was recently voted ‘Gloucestershire’s Best Chef’, will join 23 chefs fighting for a chance to cook at the 70th World War II D Day anniversary banquet, at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Dishes will be judged by a war veteran chef.
David is an award winning chef currently working at the Ellenborough Park Hotel in Cheltenham. His menus have been enjoyed by the guests now for over three years, since he began at the five star AA rosettes hotel, and he was awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ by Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards.
Ellenborough Park was originally a 16th Century manor house, and was transformed into the luxury country house hotel that it is today. Heralded as a luxury retreat offering guests the epitome of English country house elegance, the venue uses the expert services of AC Services (Southern) to ensure that its Rational ovens are always up to scratch in order to cope with the culinary demands of the master chef.
D Day for David
This year’s Great British Menu competition has a relevant theme, commemorating heroes of the D Day landings and David Kelman is competing as one of the 24 chefs. The theme of war is particularly relevant to David’s own life as his family has been in the military for the last three generations. He himself is an ex-army cadet and TA soldier, and his choice menu was inspired by his Nan and her time during the war and his family’s contribution to the war effort in Wales.
The TV series is a challenge: chefs have been asked to create 21st century dishes worthy of honoured war time heroes – wartime spirit, courage and bravery are the keywords. But David Kelman has come out fighting and for one night in June at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, his Competition Menu will be served.
David says: “To be selected for The Great British Menu means a long-standing dream for me has come true. It has whipped up lots of excitement and suspense for my family and team. The people of Gloucestershire will need to stay tuned to see how I get on.”
Book a Space
On Thursday 19th June at 7.00pm, the public will be greeted by David himself with aperitifs and canapés in The Great Hall before settling down to enjoy a sumptuous four course Great British Menu in The Beaufort Dining Room accompanied by wine. Tea or coffee and petit fours will round off the evening. To book a space mail here
AC Services (Southern) will be rooting for David and his dishes in the competition. “We love our local stories and the fact that our company consistently contributes to every meal served up in the hotel through our servicing and maintenance of the Rational,” comments Caron of AC Services. “We will be behind David and wish him the very best of luck in the programme being shown at 7.30pm on BBC2 every day this week.”