Scott John-Hodgson is head chef at Newcastle’s Solstice restaurant – and he’ll be flying the flag for the North East on Great British Menu season 2024. But who is scott john-hodgson?
Scott John-Hodgson, from Thornaby, has joined the lineup of chefs in the North East heat of the Great British Menu.
The show will follow the 32-year-old – who is currently head chef at fine dining and Michelin Star restaurant Solstice in Newcastle – take on three others for the chance to serve one of their dishes at a prestigious banquet.
The former Stockton Sixth Form student originally wanted to become a teacher, initially studying sports development at Liverpool John Moores University. But around the age of 25, Scott decided to make a huge career change – and seven years on he is now at the helm if Newcastle’s Michelin Star restaurant, owned by acclaimed chef – Kenny Atkinson and his wife, Abbie.
Born and bred in Teesside, Scott started at Kenny and Abbie’s first restaurant, the Michelin-starred House of Tides in 2018. He worked his way up to sous chef, before an opportunity arose for him to move to the new restaurant, Solstice, in 2022. Within eight months of opening, it received a Michelin star.
Scott loves to focus his cooking on quality local ingredients, which allows him to celebrate how simplicity on a plate can have the produce front and centre. He is keen to embrace seasonality and sustainable practices.
His menu celebrates North East rower, Kat Copeland.
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.