AN award-winning chef at a Ribble Valley fine dining restaurant is set to star on the Great British Menu at Christmas to celebrate the achievement of key workers in keeping the country going.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen has been working at Michelin-starred Northcote in Langho for 19 years and as a former winner has been invited back to the BBC2 cooking competition, this year called the Great British Christmas Menu.

The 39-year-old won the competition for her rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli which impressed judges and was served to Prince Charles at a banquet in 2010.

Lisa said: “I am looking forward to it.

“It has been out 10 years since I competed and won and I have also been a judge on the show too but it was different to be back in that kitchen.

“It was good to get familiar with the equipment again.

“There were so many talented chefs to go up against and there was some who had been competing in the past couple of years for the banquet.

“You feel very fortunate to compete and win it and you say that you will never do it again. But when you hear that it is a celebration for the key workers who kept things together for us you have to.

“Many people have been busy on their doorsteps clapping the workers but this is a great way for us to say thanks to them. We are doing what we do best and speak through our food to say thanks.”

Broadcaster, chef and established Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver will be swapping her seat at the judging table for the heat of the kitchen.

Great British Christmas Menu will take place over seven episodes, with previous winners from the series joined by veteran judges.

The chefs will judge each other’s dishes, culminating in a six-course banquet dedicated to the nation’s key workers.

Lisa said she was delighted to be flying the flag for Lancashire.

She said: “It is going to be Christmas food – what people think about when it is Christmas and then there is the more unusual stuff. Mine has a bit of both.”

Great British Christmas Menu will air in early December.