Jodrell Bank hosts TV banquet special

Taking place amid the government’s Covid restrictions, the episode is also the first ever outdoor banquet where a 70-strong guest list of the UK’s leading scientists and innovators dined outdoors beneath of the mighty Lovell Telescope.

The team transformed Jodrell Bank’s Wolfson Auditorium, usually a space for public events and school workshops, into a full working kitchen. Meanwhile, an open-sided marquee was erected in the grounds and the sun shone as guests dined outside.

Teresa Anderson continues: “It was a beautiful day and a real treat to be able enjoy the views of the Lovell Telescope with incredible food alongside inspirational guests”

Banquet guests included Jodrell Bank’s Professors Tim O’Brien and Teresa Anderson who joined leading scientists and science communicators from around the UK including Professor Sarah Gilbert from Oxford’s successful Covid vaccination programme and Professor Maggie Aderin-Pocock from BBC’s The Sky at Night.

Designers were represented by Thomas Heatherwick, the brains behind London’s 2012 Olympic Cauldron, and Sophie Conran. They were joined by comedian and trained engineer Phil Wang, podcast stars James Acaster and Ed Gamble, mathematician Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and YouTube phenomenon and madcap inventor Colin Furze, who arrived on a two metre high, socially distanced bike!

The Great British Menu: The Banquet airs on BBC2 at 8pm Friday 21st May.

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