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Belfast chef wins BBC cookery show

Chris Fearon
Image caption Chris Fearon said he is very proud of his achievement

A Belfast chef has won this year's BBC 2 series the Great British Menu after competing against some of the top cooks in Britain.

Chris Fearon is head chef at the restaurant Deanes at Queens.

He won the opportunity to cook his starter dish "Season Shake Coronation Chicken" at a London street party for 100 guests.

"I'm completely blown out of the water. It was such an achievement," he said.

"I was up against some of the best chefs in the UK, so it was a bit daunting."

The overall theme for this year's Great British Menu series was "Cooking For the People" and creating something that was easy to share with friends.

Chris said he thinks his "chicken in a bag" dish impressed judges, Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort, because it was "clever" and a "bit different".

"There were a lot of chefs doing picnic baskets and soups and stuff like that. I think it was quite a unique idea and that's why it got into the People's Banquet," he added.

Chris will be recreating his winning dish at the Big Lunch street party event in Belfast on Sunday.

The recipe is also available on the BBC website.

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