My name is Rhys, a first time dad blogging about my adventures and experiences of being a parent. [email protected]

Michelin chef of Whitebrook, Wales wins BBC’s Great British Menu 2018

One of Wales’ top Michelin star chefs, Chris Harrod of The Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms was among the four winners of Great British Menu last week.

[aoa id=”1″]

He won the final and was awarded with the honour of taking his show stopping dessert to the banquet Great British Menu banquet at Great Hall of St Bartholomew’s Hospital which will thank NHS heros from around the country.

Chris won the Wales regional heat to go through to represent Wales in the final. Two of his stand out dishes are now featuring on The Whitebrook menu with his dessert coming soon:


  • Mugwort smoked beets, black pudding, caramelised onion, aromatic seeds & herb flowers
  • Huntsham Farm Suckling Pig, salt baked celeriac, pear, lamb’s sorrel

Chris, who was awarded a coveted 10/10 for his main course, suckling pig by notoriously tough critic, chef Paul Ainsworth in the heats, went on to be scored 10/10 in the finals but was pipped to the post when a fellow chef scored the same in the finals.

“The skill and execution of what I saw you cook today was phenomenal. I’ve got goose pimples telling you that right now… it was absolutely delicious… absolute perfection and that’s not a word that I say easily.”

Great British Menu judge and Michelin star chef Paul Ainsworth

Chris was one of 8 chefs competing to be part of the very special event in honour the NHS’s 70th anniversary.

To celebrate NHS workers and their fellow diners will receive a complimentary glass of local Ancre Hill sparkling wine (or foraged cocktail) and a signed copy of the menu (during Oct & Nov 2018, on presentation of valid ID card).

Chris who won a Michelin star within 11 months of launching his restaurant has been doing Wales proud by showcasing some of abundant produce available in the region where The Whitebrook is nestled in the rural backdrop of the Wye Valley.  Famed for using the countryside as his larder, Chris forages locally, sources almost everything else from his doorstep and his cooking has been described as ‘the Wye Valley on a plate’.