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London 2012: Olympic Feast on the Great British Menu

The GB coxless four in 2000: (L-R) James Cracknell, Sir Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Sir Matthew Pinsent
Image caption Hungry Olympians like Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent will be taking part

The seventh series of Great British Menu, starting on BBC Two, will aim to create a four-course meal fit for Olympians.

The programme will see 24 chefs compete in eight regional heats before a final.

The meal will be served to five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and other sports stars at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

The series will also see chefs meet Olympians to share tips on cooking and how to win.

The Olympians taking part include:

  • Four-times gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent
  • World champion 400m hurdler Dai Greene
  • Gold medal-winning cyclist Geraint Thomas
  • Triathlon hopefuls Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee
  • World-record holding Paralympic discus thrower Daniel Greaves
  • Silver medallist boxer Amir Khan
  • Diver Nick Robinson-Baker
  • Gold medal-winning swimmer Duncan Goodhew
  • Former world-record holding javelin thrower Steve Backley
  • and Locog chairman Seb Coe.

Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort will lead the group of judges.

Of the London 2012 athletes tweeting their menu of choice on #olympicthursday, gold medal-winning rower Zac Purchase went for "scallops on crushed minty peas with crispy streaky bacon and black pudding crumbs... Mmm!".

Handball player Ciaran Williams fancied "seafood pasta with chilli and lime" while team-mate Chris McDermott wanted "pork chops".

Hockey goalkeeper Beth Storry chose "either a chicken stir-fry or freshly baked bread...yummy!" and archer Charlotte Burgess plumped for "beans on toast or steak".

Great British Menu: The Olympic Feast will start to be broadcast in the spring.

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