Who is Adam Degg? The Yorkshire Michelin star chef makes BBC Two Great British Menu debut.
Adam Degg is head chef at Horto restaurant, at Rudding Park, in Harrogate, – which has three rosettes and a Green Michelin star for sustainable cooking.
Adam draws inspiration from the restaurant’s kitchen garden, enabling him to express creativity with seasonal produce and embrace sustainable practices, which is what helped him earn the Michelin Green recognition.
Adam first entered the cooking world Adam when he stepped into a commercial kitchen by chance when, at age 16, he missed the train home from the football.
Close to an Italian restaurant owned by his friend’s parents, he ended up washing dishes there when they kindly offered him a ride home after missing the train. From that point forward, the allure of the kitchen became irresistible to him.
Adam started his career at a hotel in Birmingham, then moved to London to work at Wild Honey. From there he went to Chiltern Firehouse, before moving to the Hand and Flowers, and was part of the team that received The Coach’s Michelin star in Marlow.
Adam loves to draw inspiration from the Kitchen garden at Horto, which allows him to really be creative with seasonal produce and to embrace the sustainable practices that has awarded him Michelin Green recognition.
A new project that Adam is part of on the estate draws inspiration from the 52 raised oak beds in the garden, which will contain different produce that thrives in each week of the year – giving the restaurant fresh grown produce all year round.
His menu celebrates Olympic medals.
The 19th series of Great British Menu starts on Tuesday, January 23, at 8pm on BBC Two, with Samira’s region, North East and Yorkshire, being the first in the series to compete this year.
This year the series theme is celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics, and is presented by Andi Oliver, with regular judges, the previous two-time banquet winner, Tom Kerridge, restaurateur Nisha Katona and comedian and food podcast broadcaster, Ed Gamble.