Richard Corrigan – Head Judge

Richard Corrigan is the chef owner of Corrigan Restaurants which operates Bentley’s and Corrigan’s Mayfair in London.

Bentley’s Sea Grill opened in Harrods in September 2012.

Richard spent four years cooking in the Netherlands before progressing to become head chef of Mulligan’s in Mayfair, London. His first Michelin star was awarded when he was head chef at Stephen Bull’s in 1994. He continued with his own venture Lindsay House in Soho, and won a Michelin star in 1997. Richard bought the world famous, an oyster and seafood restaurant Bentley’s in 2005.

Corrigan’s Mayfair opened to ecstatic acclaim in 2008. The restaurant was named London Restaurant of the Year 2008/2009 by the Evening Standard, awarded AA London Restaurant of the Year, and gained the Highest New Entry in the National Restaurant Awards at No5 and 3 AA Rosettes within the first three months.

In recent years Richard has made lunch at 10 Downing Street for Tony Blair and for the King & Queen of Jordan, and prepared food at the Royal Academy of Arts in an event attended by and for the Queen as part of the Jubilee celebrations. Richard has been crowned winner of the BBC’s “Great British Menu,” three times. Richard also won the recent “Great British Waste Menu” special, airing to over 7 million on BBC 1. Further credits include Channel 4’s “Cookery School,” “Great British Food Revival,” “Full on Food,” “Something for The Weekend” and “Saturday Kitchen,” all BBC, “Market Kitchen,” UKTV, “This Morning,” and “The Wright Stuff,”  and has hosted the Irish primetime television series, “Corrigan Knows Food,” one of Ireland’s most popular TV shows.

Richard is the author of “The Clatter of Forks and Spoons” a personal history of growing up in Ireland and recipes inspired by his rural upbringing.