Fourteen of the country's top chefs are to compete against each other on BBC television to find the Great British Menu. The four winners will then present an 80th birthday lunch for the Queen and Prince Philip at London's Mansion House in June. Among those taking part are Gary Rhodes, Anthony Worrall Thompson and Marcus Wareing. Over eight weeks, two chefs from each British region will go head-to-head, scouring the area for the best local produce and crafting what they believe the best four-course meal. Judges will include cookery author Pru Leith and Oliver Peyton, former owner of the Atlantic Bar and Grill. But the final menu will be voted on by the public. The Observer 26/02/06 pages 16 & 17

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