Britain’s Best Dish - The Chefs: Leeds restauranteur takes to TV screens

George Psarias of the Olive Tree in Rodley.
George Psarias of the Olive Tree in Rodley.
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A popular Leeds restaurateur will take to the television screen this month to show his skills to millions.

George Psarias, owner of the family-run Olive Tree restaurant in Leeds, will be taking part in a televised cook-off between some of Britain’s top chefs displaying their culinary skills.

The likeable Leeds chef will be appearing on ITV cook-off show Britain’s Best Dish – The Chefs where he will be amongst cooks competing to win the competition’s £10,000 prize.

After being approached by the show’s producers, George took part in a screen test with 36 other top chefs from around the country, and was selected by programme makers for his charismatic personality and culinary expertise to make the final 16.

George is no stranger to the small screen, making his television debut on BBC’s Food and Drink in 1991, but said he was particularly relishing his latest star turn.

“The judges in this programme are some of the country’s top chefs, and I was very excited to take part,” he said.

“I wanted to present the goodness of Greek cooking and, because I was the only chef based in Leeds, I was also very proud to represent the city.”

George’s recipe was a traditional Greek dessert, which will also be included in a book which will accompany the series and, although the winner of the contest can not yet be announced, he allowed the YEP a juicy taste of things to come:

“I can’t say who won the contest, but I can promise you a dramatic ending to the program – one judge almost resigned from the panel when they were deciding the winner.”

George is well known to the dining public in Leeds and his restaurant has won many acolades over the years.

The Olive Tree is the only Greek restaurant in the UK to appear in the prestigious Good Food Guide 2011, and won the Yorkshire Evening Post Restaurant of the Year award in 2006.

Britain’s Best Dish – The Chefs will air on ITV1 on Wednesday November 23 at 5pm.

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