Here is Everything you need to know about BBC's Great British Menu as it returns for its18th series. 

Former judge Andi Oliver is now presenter, with Two Michelin-starred celebrity chef Tom Kerridge; celebrated restaurateur Nisha Katona; and last but not least, comedian and Off Menu podcast host, Ed Gamble, on the judging panel.

Previous winners include Michelin-starred chefs Marcus Wareing, Sat Bains, Jason Atherton and Tom Kerridge. This BBC television series was created as a celebration of the Queen's birthday - top British professional chefs compete for the chance to cook their recipe as part of a four course banquet.

The BBC's Great British Menu has become an important cooking competition among chefs and must-watch viewing for avid foodies. 

When does Great British Menu start?

Series 18 of Great British Menu will be on BBC2 and will be available on BBC iPlayer. Start date is yet to be announced. 

Who are the Great British Menu 2023 chefs? 

Cal Byerley, Chef Owner of Restaurant Pine

Will Lockwood, Head Chef, Roots

Gareth Bartram, Chef Director, Winteringham Fields

Rory Welch, Chef Owner, Träkol

Andrew Tuck, Head Chef, St Kew Inn

Nick Beardshaw, Head Chef, Kerridge's Bar & Grill

Amber Francis, Head Chef, The Zebra Riding Club

Charlotte Vincent, Head Chef, Hotel Meudon

Simmie Vedi, Head Chef at Bully's

Georgia Sommerin, Senior Sous Chef at Home by James Sommerin

Tom Westerland, Head Chef of Knipe Grill at Gilpin Lake House

Mark Threadgill, Head Chef at Hotel Portmeirion

László Nagy, Head Chef, Nags Head in Tarporley

Sam Grainger, Chef Owner, Belzan and Madre

Danielle Heron, Chef Owner, Osma

Caroline Martins, Chef Owner, The Sao Paulo Project

Adam Handling, Chef Owner of Adam Handling Restaurant Group

Mark McCabe, Co-Owner of The Ethicurean

Tunde ‘Abi’ Abifarin, Chef-Founder of Farin Road

Kevin Dalgleish, Chef Owner of Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish

Avinash Shashidhara, Head Chef, Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai

Robbie Lorraine, Chef Owner, Only Food and Courses

Ferdinand Montoya, Chef Owner, Sarap Restaurant

Brian Danclair, Chef Owner, Danclair’s Kitchen

Gemma Austin, Chef Patron of A Peculiar Tea

Matt Jordan, Head Chef of Shu Restaurant Belfast

Kerry Roper, Head Chef at Stix and Stones

John Hollywood, Freelance Development Chef

Tom Shepherd, Chef Patron of Upstairs by Tom Shepherd

Marianne Lumb, Freelance Executive Chef

Kareem Roberts, Head Chef at Trinity

Thom Bateman, Chef Owner of The Flintlock at Cheddleton

How many regions compete in Great British Menu?

There are eight regions with three competing chefs from each, the regions are; Scotland, South West, North West, Wales, Central, London and South East, North East and Northern Ireland.

Who are the Great British Menu judges?

In the regional heats, the chefs’ dishes will be judged by eight competition veterans who are now among the most accomplished and successful chefs in the UK. They usually include Daniel Clifford, Simon Rogan, Phil Howard, Richard Corrigan, Michael O’Hare and Angela Hartnett.

The two chefs who are scored most highly by the veteran judges will then present their menu to the judging pannel.