Congrats to Chris on winning Great British Menu Starter

Posted: 2/6/2011



Chris Fearon, Chef at Deanes at Queens, wins in Great British Menu!

Having won the Northern Ireland heat of cult TV show the Great British Menu, Chris Fearon
Head Chef at Deanes at Queens, located in College Gardens in the University area of Belfast, has triumphed in the head-to-head with other regional winners in the thrilling national finals! Chris will now be cooking his starter, Season ‘n’ Shake Coronation Chicken, at the ultimate street party,The People’s Banquet, which will be featured on the Great British Menu on Friday 3rd June at 6.00pm on BBC2.

This year the overall theme for the series has been ‘Cooking For The People,’ with the idea of creating food perfect to share with friends and neighbours at a street party, proving that food has the power to bring people together in a way that almost nothing else can.

Judged by food luminaries Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort, the food selected for the ultimate street party, The People’s Banquet, now includes Chris Fearon’s Season ‘n’ Shake Coronation Chicken as a starter, which potentially the best part ofa million people may get to taste! Last year almost that number took part in the nationwide, one-day event, The Big Lunch, which uses the recipes from the Great British Menu and encourages people to cook and eat with their neighbours.

Chris Fearon has worked with Deanes for almost three years, and his menu designed for the Great British Menu and his winning starter reflect his confident, relaxed and sociable approach. “I’m thrilled that my starter was judged the best,” says Chris, “as I loved the idea of a fun, summer street party to encourage people to interact over food. I am really excited at the thought of people everywhere giving this recipe a go – it is delicious, even if I do say so myself! It’s based on familiar ingredients so it isn’t intimidating, and I hope it will be a real ice-breaker in Big Lunch street parties all over!”


Should you like to try your hand at practicing Chris’s recipe for Season & Shake Coronation Chicken, it’s available on the BBC website at

Even if you don’t get to have Season ’n’ Shake Coronation Chicken at a Big Lunch, you can always enjoy Chris Fearon’s tasty, relaxed and approachable menus in Deanes at Queens, a bright airy space, flooded with light and surrounded by great views, inviting you to sit back and enjoy the sophisticated approach to superb, chiefly local produce and the friendly service.

Well done Chris!

Deanes at Queens,
1 College Gardens,
Tel: 028 9038 2111

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