Kingham Plough chef joins Great British Menu judging panel


Emily Watkins, the owner and head chef at The Kingham Plough, is set to re-join the judging panel on the upcoming series of popular food show, Great British Menu.

Proprietor at the award-winning pub with rooms in Oxfordshire, Watkins was a contestant on the BBC Two show in 2014, and will return as a surprise veteran judge in the South West region heat of the competition.

The competing chefs in this region are Josh Eggleton, Dominic Chapman and Jude Kereama whom she competed against last year.

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The chefs will fight it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet marking 100 years of the Women’s Institute at London’s historic Drapers Hall.

Part of the challenge is to produce 21st century dishes that would honour the custodians of home cooking and pay tribute to the generations of women who have helped make Britain the great culinary nation it is today.

Emily Watkins said: “I was thrilled to be asked to come back as a veteran for GBM this year, I thought the brief was something I would be able to give input to, especially having cooked at the Banquet last year at St Pauls cathedral. I couldn’t believe that I was going to be mentoring Dom and Josh who I competed against last year – not only are they friends but also I hugely look up to them as chefs.”

To celebrate Watkins’ TV appearance, The Kingham Plough will be holding its own Great British Menu dinner at the end of August, where Watkins herself, plus the three regional contestants will be in the kitchen.