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London and South East - Fish
This week, it is the turn of three chefs from London and south east England. 2017’s banquet champion Selin Kiazim, a rising star of the London scene renowned for her Turkish Cypriot fusion flavours, is back hoping to join the elite group of chefs who have made it to the banquet twice. She is up against James Cochran, who has worked at some of London’s toughest kitchens, including two Michelin-starred The Ledbury, and Scott Goss from The Twenty Six in Tunbridge Wells, renowned for his use of local Kent ingredients.
Today, the chefs do battle for the fish course and the atmosphere in the kitchen is tense. Lobster is catch of the day for James whose Caribbean-inspired dish, Windrush, is a tribute to the West Indian migrants that travelled to the UK aboard the Windrush ship in 1948 to work for the NHS. Scott attempts to elevate a classic fish pie, dedicated to his mum who worked as a pharmacist in the NHS for 23 years. And Selin takes a risk with a complex three-part fish dish featuring sardines, scallops and langoustines, as a nod to the purported health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.