Niall Keating Great British Menu 2020

Series 15 of the Great British menu included Whatley Executive Chef, Niall Keating. Competing in the series for the first time and representing is home region of Staffordshire; Niall’s cooking impressed the judges at each step of the competition.

It was Niall’s fish course, “Witches of the Northern Lights” inspired by the novels of author Phillip Pullman that secured his place at the banquet. The dish featured black tortellini in the shape of a Witches hat served with a dashi broth and presented in a Witches cauldron.

The children’s literature themed banquet celebrated 150 years since the passing of Charles Dickens and was attended by many of the show’s guest judges, acclaimed children’s authors. At the event Niall was awarded the accolade of 2020 Great British Menu Champion.

Niall’s Great British Menu 

  • Amuse Bouche – Tempura oyster wrapped in nori
  • Starter – Farmer Maggot’s mushrooms
  • Fish course – The Witches of the Northern Lights
  • Main course – Aye up Duck! Duck… Goose
  • Pre desert- Staffordshire oatcakes
  • Desert – Harry Potter inspired chocolate frog

You can book Niall’s Great British Menu Tasting Experience which will include dishes from both series.

Bookings are now being taken for lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Menu £110 pp

View the current menu – dishes are subject to change

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Inspiration for Great British Menu 2020 

Whatley Executive Chef, Niall Keating is no stranger to competitions but when given the chance to represent his hometown of Stoke on Trent, cooking in the Central region heats of Great British Menu he was both proud and a little bit nervous!

The theme for Great British Menu this year is famous children’s authors, creating a great opportunity to take inspiration from some of Niall’s favourite books from his childhood.

We thought we would ask a few questions to find out more!

Niall what was your favourite book as a child?

James and the Giant Peach was a standout favourite but Charlie and the Chocolate was too, the backdrop was similar to Stoke on Trent and Charlie was a bit of a hero of mine.

One of your dishes is a tribute to Harry Potter, were you a fan?

I was and still am these books can be read over and over again.

Did you have to re-read any classics for inspiration?

Yes, I did Phillip Pullman and Tolkien were authors I read for the first time and they had some great plots and characters that worked well with my interpretation of flavours.

If you could be any character from children’s literature who would it be?

Dennis the Menace!

How did it feel to be competing for your home region?

It was really nice to have a connection to home again, having lost this a bit working all over the world over the last ten years, Great British Menu reminded me of all the great things about Staffordshire.

Home means a lot to me and it was great to be able to show case what I do for my hometown.