Sussex chef Matt Gillan has won the right to cook in the grand banquet of the Great British Menu.
Matt, the Michelin-starred head chef at The Pass, South Lodge Hotel, in Lower Beeding, Horsham, wowed the judges in Wednesday’s show, including Pru Leith, on the hit BBC2 show with his main course of goat, which was inspired by his mother’s cooking.
His dish became the first ever in the history of the programme to win straight through to the banquet, avoiding the need to go onto a shortlist
He scored a sensational five 10s from the judges and his fellow chefs.
On being told that he won he said: “That has made my day”, before adding that he was “emotional”.
Matt won the right to cook at the banquet marking 100 years of the Women’s Institute at London’s historic Drapers Hall.
Matt joined South Lodge Hotel in 2006 and his talent has earned The Pass 4 AA Rosettes, and in 2011 a coveted Michelin star.
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