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Meet Hrishikesh Desai - Great British Menu 2020's Michelin-starred chef to beat!

Great British Menu is back for 2020 to see some of the UK’s best chefs battle it out once more. This year the brief is all about children’s literature, marking the 150 years since celebrated children’s author Charles Dickens’s death.

There has been a steady stream of culinary creatives on this season, each conjuring up some rather fantastical dishes inspired by their favourite children’s books from Harry Potter to Beatrix Potter.

One of those contestants fighting it out to win their spot cooking for this year’s prize banquet is Hrishikesh Desai. And if you are a regular watcher of the series, you will remember Hrishikesh from last year.

But for the new viewers, many want to get to know more about this star chef. So who is Hrishikesh? Here’s everything you need to know!

Great British Menu S14 E10: Hrishikesh Desai.

Who is Hrishikesh Desai?

Hrishikesh is competing in the North West heat of the competition and to prepare the starter.

He currently is the executive chef at a five-star hotel in the Lake District called the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House.

Hrishikesh earned his first solo Michelin Star in 2016 after just one year of working there – he’s going to be a tough competition!

At the 2019 AA Awards, Hrishikesh and the Gilpin team earned four AA Rosettes for excellence.

What is his culinary background?

Hrishikesh was set on a career as a chef after winning a scholarship to the Institut Paul Bocuse in Ecully, France.

But it was winning the coveted Roux Scholarship in 2009 that skyrocketed his career.

Because he won, Hrishikesh could train under chef Thomas Keller at the three Michelin-starred restaurant, The French Laundry in California.

So he’s clealry already a very accomplished chef!

Where else have I seen Hrishikesh?

He was the winner of BBC2’s show, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial in 2015.

Hrishikesh took the position of executive chef at the Gilpin Hotel after winning the show.

But who knows what will happen if Hrishikesh wins on the Great British Menu!

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Does he have social media?

You can check out all of Hrishikesh’s cooking on his Insta @hrishikesh.desai

However he also regularly uses his Twitter account @dhrishikeshwhere you can keep up to date with all his latest endeavours.




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