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My Million Pound Menu

Series 2

Episode 2: New Asian

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Amongst those pitching in this episode is couple Alec Owen, 37, and Liz Selway, 43, who run Indian burger concept Baba G's. Their signature dish is a curry burger which, along with other novel combinations of Indian fusion flavours and fast food, has seen them grow to three market sites. Now Alec and Liz are seeking £300,000 from the investors to open their first two sites.

Going up against them are two friends who left their respective careers in advertising and finance to pursue a new take on Thai food. KraPow is the brainchild of Essex born Paul Ambrose, 34, and Richard Oakes, 36. Paul decided to set up KraPow after a year in which he got married, bought a house and lost his job in finance. He envisioned a restaurant inspired by his travels in northern Thailand, with Krapow Moo, a Thai comfort dish of spiced minced pork and Thai basil, topped with a fried egg, on the menu. Seeking £300,000, and with Paul's second child on the way, the financial stakes are higher than ever before.

Also aiming for the chance of big-money backing are two 25-year-old best friends and chefs, Joe Allen and Aaron Thomas, taking their culinary cues from India and Nepal. Their joint venture is titled XXVI, with a signature dish of charred cauliflower, spiced ricotta, curried emulsion (based on a family recipe) and fresh peas. Although they are young, Aaron and Joe are ambitious and confident that their brand of high-end Asian fusion cookery can be a success, and they're seeking a half million-pound investment.

Each of the three ideas pitches to a panel of four investors, all keen to back the next hit idea in Asian cuisine. First on the panel is Charlie McVeigh, who has been shaping London's bar, club and restaurant scene for two decades, having started out with legendary nightclub Woody's. Atul Kochhar, chef and entrepreneur, was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star in the UK, and now oversees a portfolio of five restaurants, with a combined value of between £8m - £10m. He is actively seeking to grow his group, and still plans to open Epoch from series one, when the right site is found, which he committed £1million to. Also on the panel is Chris Miller, a former commercial director of Soho House Group, founded White Rabbit Investment in 2016 and has backed 11 restaurants, across four different brands since. And lastly is Jamie Barber, who is behind a number of hugely successful restaurants including Hush, Cabana Brasilian BBQ and Hache Burger Connoisseurs.

In each episode the winning idea has two days in a brand new 50-seater restaurant, in the heart of Manchester's bustling bar and restaurant district, to prove that their food, menus, pricing, service, team-management and business plans are worth the big money investment they're asking for. Show less

Contributors

Presenter:
Fred Sirieix
On-line editing:
Nick King
Colourist:
Nick Adams
Sound Mixer:
Nerys Richards
Graphic Designer:
Dan Hoare
Camera Assistant:
Tom Askew
Camera Assistant:
Rhys Plume
Camera Assistant:
Philip Chukwu
Camera Assistant:
Jonnie Vacher
Camera Operator:
Rich Shaw
Camera Operator:
Nick Maxsted
Camera Operator:
Chris Stephens
Director of photography:
Jon Kassell
Director of photography:
Tristam Cones
Director of photography:
Olly Wiggins
Sound Supervisor:
Sam Mathewson
Lighting:
Matt Chalk
Lighting:
Ian Cook
Lighting:
Alan Dolan
Lighting:
Damien Ramsey
Lighting:
Paul Tait
Lighting:
Paul Tibbles
Lighting Director:
James Tinsley
Art Director:
Joe Mccann
Makeup Artist:
Andrew Suleman
Makeup Artist:
Nadia Harrison
Casting:
Rhia Douty
Casting:
Sam Wilton
Assistant Producer:
Laura Neal
Assistant Floor Manager:
Paul Furlong
Production Secretary:
Heather Wake
Production Coordinator:
Heather Torrance
Production Coordinator:
Jess Abrahams
Producer:
Aoife Carey
Director:
Aoife Carey
Producer:
Tom Reeves
Director:
Tom Reeves
Producer:
Oliver Barber
Director:
Oliver Barber
Producer:
Alex Reynolds
Director:
Alex Reynolds
Editor:
Pete Benn
Producer:
Sam Roubicek
Producer:
Sharon Tucker
Casting:
Mel Walden
Director:
Adam Jarmain
Executive Producer:
Meredith Chambers
Series Editor:
Mark Leslie
Production Company:
Electric Ray

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