The second dish for the Great British Menu’s banquet has been determined!
Tom Anglesea, the chef representing the North East, won the fish dish course with his deeply personal music-inspired dish titled ‘Lost Souls in a Fish Bowl’ after a lyric from Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’.
So with Tom through to the banquet, fans are curious to know more about the North East’s top chef.
Here is everything you need to know about Tom and how he came back to win the round after finishing last in the first Finals heat…
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Who is Tom Anglesea?
Durham-born Tom has travelled the world cooking and honing his skill.
Tom takes influence from his Northern heritage and his travels, particularly in Asia, to put into his food. The result is stunning modern cuisine.
Tom on Great British Menu
After his starter was ranked last out of all competing chefs in episode 25, things weren’t looking good for Tom…
However, he struck gold with his fish course!
It was an incredibly personal dish, inspired by the loss of his friend and their shared love for Pink Floyd. And it was the emotion behind the dish, as well as its taste, that truly blew away the judges.
Who was Tom’s friend?
During the show, Tom explains how he made a best friend whilst travelling through Australia – a man we only know as Graham.
In an interview with The Staff Canteen, Tom explained that after he and Graham returned to England, Graham “got cancer and when he was in the hospital contracted Leukaemia.”
He passed away shortly after.
The ‘Lost Souls in a Fish Bowl’ is dedicated to Graham and others that have been lost too soon, and we are certain it’s going to blow away the diners at the Abbey Road banquet!
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