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Top chefs from across the nation compete for the chance to cook a four-course banquet for a high-profile figure.
Today is the fish course and the atmosphere in the kitchen gets even more tense as the three newcomers begin to understand the perfection and skill the veteran chef demands. Ellis Barrie, head chef at The Marram Grass in Angelsey, attempts to create the flavour of a summer barbecue without actually using one. Tom Parker and Paul Askew are both using luxury fish to try and meet the exacting standards of Wimbledon. Tom serves oysters and langoustines with a risky champagne sauce that combines both traditional British and Asian flavours. Paul is cooking turbot and oysters. Will his traditional cooking be distinctive enough to get him to the highest score?
Today is the main course and the pressure is intense in the kitchen. In the hope of impressing the veteran judge, Paul Askew, chef patron at The Art School Restaurant in Liverpool, is serving an extremely personal main course based on his mother's favourite food. Ellis Barrie surprises with an imaginative dish that honours Wimbledon champion Fred Perry, originally from the north west. And Tom Parker is doing his take on a traditional summer barbecue, which he needs to elevate to banquet standard in order to make it through.
Dessert is the last chance for the chefs to secure a place cooking for the judges and the pressure in the kitchen is intense. Paul can't afford to make any mistakes and is pushing himself with a technically challenging baked alaska in tribute to the Wimbledon men's singles trophy. Ellis's dish is inspired by strawberries but with so many elements to perfect, has he given himself too much to do? Tom hopes to beat the other chefs with a savoury and sweet bilberry dish. With a place in the regional finals riding on three very different desserts, who will impress the veteran judge and make it through to cook for the judges?
The two remaining north west chefs cook their entire taste of summer menus again. They are hoping to impress the formidable panel of judges - Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and for the first time this year, broadcaster and restaurateur Andi Oliver. They are joined by guest judge Greg Rusedski, former British number one, who understands the high standards expected at Wimbledon. Both chefs raise their game and impress the judges with their inventive dishes, but only one can go through to represent the north west in the national finals.
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