Beat the Chef is here!

Channel 4’s new cooking contest – which combines a little bit of Masterchef with a bit of The Chase – sees amateur chefs go up against professionals.

And the prize? An enormous £10,000 is on the line!

Here is everything you need to know about James Tanner, Beat the Chef’s award-winning professional who’s travelled the world cooking in Michelin-starred restaurants…

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Meet James Tanner…

James Tanner is a 42-year-old chef originally from Maidstone in Kent.

This chef has over 20 years of experience working in the industry, so he’s definitely going to be tough to beat.

He opened his own restaurant, The Tanners Restaurant, with his brother and fellow chef Chris in 1999 at the age of just 23!

James Tanner’s culinary bio

Although James’ career had rather humble beginnings, it quickly skyrocketed.

He started preparing salads and starters at Brookers Oast, part of the Brewers Fayre pub and restaurant chain in the early ’90s.

After James began to work his way up the culinary ladder. His big break came when he was invited by the Michelin-starred Roux brothers to move to upstate New York to work as chef de partie at the Lake Placid Lodge.

Just four months into working at the Lodge, James was promoted to Sous-chef!

Where did he work next?

After James returned to the UK, he took a job under Martin Blunos at the two Michelin-starred Lettonie.

Later he became head chef at Right on the Green in Kent.

As both these restaurants closed, James embarked on his own culinary adventure with his brother Chris and began opening their own restaurants. They have opened five across the country since!

We certainly wouldn’t want to go up against James…

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What TV shows has James worked on?

James has also had a long career working in television before his appearance on Beat the Chef.

Notably, he was a recurring chef featured on Ready Steady Cook!

Not only that, as he regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen Live and has even been on Celebrity Eggheads!

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#tbt in my mid twenties on #readysteadycook #bbc #greenpeppers #redtomato

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Eve spends her days writing about everything culture-related. From celebrity news to music, film and television, Eve covers all bases. When she’s not writing you can find her making music or mastering the art of homemade pasta.

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