Andi Oliver branded ‘harsh’ by Great British Menu 2021 co-star Oliver Peyton after score

Great British Menu: Andi Oliver speaks to contestants

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Great British Menu star Andi Oliver replaced Prue Leith as a judge, after she left to host The Great British Bake Off in 2017. In a major change for the BBC food series, restaurateur Andi swapped her judge’s chair and now fronts the BBC Two show.

The 57-year-old has now opened up about her colleague and fellow restaurateur, Oliver Peyton’s, reaction after she first joined the judging panel.

Oliver is one of the original three judges for Great British Menu when it was created back in 2006, alongside Matthew Fort.

Addressing her relationship with her co-stars, the BBC presenter admitted their on-screen chemistry was “natural”.

Andi revealed the moment where she broke the ice with Oliver after giving out a low score.

“Working alongside [fellow judges] Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort felt really natural,” Andi commented.

“I hated the first dish I ever tasted and gave it a low score.”

She added: “Oliver said, ‘The new girl is harsh!’ We cracked up and that was it, we were a team.”

Speaking about Matthew, Andi described him as “one of the best human beings on the planet”.

The Great British Menu host also addressed replacing Prue on the BBC cooking series.

The London-based chef shared that it was “big shoes to fill” as she also talked about now presenting the series.

“Prue has an iconic status in the industry, works incredibly hard, and is brilliant,” Andi added to Radio Times.

“Her shoes were big shoes to fill. I’m pretty sure I should have been more worried about it, but I just wasn’t.”


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Andi is regularly seen fronting TV and radio shows, usually on the subject of food, for over two decades.

The small-screen star has previously addressed her lifelong obsession with food and was having dinner parties from the age of 12.

In 2006, she hosted the BBC show The Truth About Food, and in 2007 she fronted her own show with Neneh Cherry called Neneh and Andi Dish It Up on BBC Two.

She is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and Food Glorious Food among others.

Andi has also presented from Glastonbury Festival and the Brit Awards.

Meanwhile, the Great British Menu finals are taking place this week.

The BBC show features several talented chefs who will cook for the judges, as their cooking skills are put to the test.

Great British Menu Final airs tonight on BBC Two at 8pm.

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