Head chef of The Church Green in Lymm, Jim Key, has stepped up to the mark to go head to head with top Michelin starred and highly rated Good Food Guide chefs in this year’s Britain’s Best Dish.
The ITV show has returned with presenter Mary Nightingale and judges that include accomplished chef John Burton Race, food and wine expert Jilly Goolden and chef and restaurateur Ed Baines. The judges will taste main courses and desserts served from every region across the country in order to award one professional chef with the prestigious accolade of having their dish named the best dish in Britain.
Jim who works at The Church Green, which holds 3 AA rosettes, for celebrity chef Aiden Byrne, wanted to prove his worth in the kitchen on this public platform.
When asked about the show, Jim comments, “I was pretty nervous about being filmed for a TV series – I really felt like I was stepping out of my comfort zone, but when your passion takes over you soon forget about the cameras and completely immerse yourself into your dish. The standard is really high but I feel I gave it my all, I hope I’ve made the North West proud.”
Aiden comments, “Jim is a great chef and I’m really pleased to have him at The Church Green - I truly believe that Jim will go far in this process and we’re all behind him 100%. To bring this title back to the North West would be amazing and would only add to the buzz in the industry in this region.”
As well as the TV show, ITV have also published a cookery book including all the dishes that are featured in this series. Jim’s dessert recipe can be found on pages 222 and 223. Books will be available to purchase from The Church Green in the coming weeks at a reduced price of £17.
Viewers can catch Britain’s Best Dish on ITV1 every weekday at 5pm and see Jim’s debut on the 15th of December.