Josh Eggleton competes in South West heats this week
Michelin starred chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna is currently representing the South West in this year’s instalment of BBC Two’s Great British Menu.
Josh Eggleton joins 23 of the country’s top chefs who will fight it out for the chance to cook at the ultimate banquet. This year’s challenge for Josh is to create a series of dishes that honour Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘Great Britons’; everyday people who have been recognised and rewarded for their actions on the Queen’s birthday and New Year’s honours list throughout the years.
British cuisine is respected and revered the world over, due in part to chefs like Josh who have been consistently striving for excellence over the years, and this year the chefs have been challenged to create dishes that are a fitting tribute to our Modern Elizabethan Age.
Josh is competing against Chris Wheeler of Humphry’s, Stoke Park, as well as fellow 2015 contestant Jude Kereama from Kota, Cornwall. Each must first impress a mystery veteran chef of the competition, who will put the top two through to the Friday regional final. Then it is back to the preparation stage as the chefs ready their menus once more for the GBM panel of Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton.
Last year Josh set the competition alight when he received a maximum score of 10 for his dessert ‘Mission Milk’. The dish of granola clusters, milk junket and freeze dried strawberries was inspired by the women in his family; particularly his grandmother, who was a founding member of the Norfolk Women’s Institute.
Josh Eggleton, Great British Menu contestant and chef-proprietor at The Pony & Trap said: “This will be the third time I’ve appeared on the Great British Menu and it’s been a great experience cooking alongside two fantastic chefs. This year’s brief was about honouring everyday people who have achieved incredible things and it was great to research and create dishes for. We’re recreating our dishes in a series of Great British Menu banquets in each of our restaurants so I’m looking forward to cooking with Chris and Jude again.”
In 2006 Josh took over the reins at The Pony & Trap with his sister Holly, making him one of the youngest restaurant proprietors in the country. Over the last 10 years The Pony & Trap has gone from strength to strength, having claimed numerous awards such as the second best gastropub in the country and holding a Michelin star since 2011.