My Million Pound Menu is back.
Fred Sirieix is moving from the First Dates restaurant to hosting a different kind of dining show on BBC Two which starts Tuesday, January 8th at 8 pm.
Four investors are all ears and all taste buds as three prospective restaurants hope to get their cash investment.
Here’s everything you need to know about the My Million Pound Menu investors…
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Meet the Investors
Charlie McVeigh has been in the food industry for 20 years.
During episode 1 when stating what would incline him to invest Charlie said: “First and foremost I’m going to look for a brand that stands out.”
Charlie established and ran the hugely successful pub chain Draft House before selling to BrewDog in March 2018.
Charlie went to Eton College and has an MA in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh.
Shruti Ajitsaria is an Angel Investor who has a vast portfolio of investments.
Shruti is also a lawyer for Allen & Overy.
She previously invested in restaurants such as Gymkhana and Hoppers.
Maurice Abboudi has been in the industry for over 20 years.
Most notably he’s worked as head of business development at Domino’s Pizza.
More recently he was involved in the sale of a chain of pizza sites, which he sold to Pizza Express in 2016, and was chairman of an online ordering system – orderTalk – which he sold to UberEats in May 2018.
Maurice is currently executive director of K10 Japanese restaurants.
Lydia Forte works for the Rocco Forte Hotel group.
She’s looking for new concepts to fit into her luxury hotels.
The group has hotels in London, Edinburgh and across Europe. Lydia normally works with Michelin-starred chefs.
Jane O’Riordan builds restaurant brands such as Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Pizza Express.
She’s part of the team who grew chicken-based restaurant Nando’s internationally and throughout the UK.
She is currently listed as Group Strategy Director of Nando’s on LinkedIn.
Jane has a 1st class BSc in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Darrel Connell is part of an investment group that specialises in growing high-end bar and restaurant concepts.
Imbiba has backed over 100 individual businesses across 16 different brands so far.
Scott Collins the co-founder and MD of MEATliquor.
MEATliquor began as a burger van and combines burgers with alcohol.
The first permanent MEATliquor opened in 2011 and now they’ve expanded to 12 restaurants, from London to Brighton and Leeds.
Atul Kochhar is a chef and entrepreneur. He owns a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair -Benares.
Atul also has seven other restaurants and six more onboard P&O cruisers.
Who Are The Contestants?
Each week three restaurants will battle it out to get an investment from one of the four judges.
They are required to cook up their best dish and pitch their idea to the investors.
If the investors are interested the restaurants will gain an opportunity to open for business in Manchester for a two-day trial.
Episode 1 sees Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell of Filipino food van, BBQ Dreamz, The Duck Truck owner Ed Farrell and dad-of-three Ranie Sirah’s fast-casual food truck Jah Jyot compete for the investor’s interest.
WATCH MY MILLION POUND MENU FROM JANUARY 8TH AT 8 PM ON BBC TWO.