The Great British Menu Wales tour will feature Bristol chef


The owner of Bristol restaurant group Woky Ko will appear in new cooking show series Great British Menu.

Representing the area where he grew up in his parents’ Cardiff Chinese takeaway, Larkin Cen will join a list of top chefs to represent Wales on the popular programme.

Larkin will battle it out in the kitchen for the chance to cook at the final end-of-season banquet. The theme of this year’s series is a celebration of 100 years of British broadcasting, with each participating chef tasked with creating fascinating dishes that represent both their region and television itself.

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With the three episodes of Wales airing from Tuesday February 15 to Thursday February 17, Larkin, Nathan Davies, Tom Phillips and Mark Threadgill will try to impress a mysterious veteran chef with a starter, a fish dish, a main course and a breathtaking dessert.

Based on traditional Chinese flavors, Larkin’s cuisine exemplifies his refined and complex style of Chinese cooking.

As an avowed “noodle obsessive,” he hopes a combination of his authentic Asian techniques and competitive nature will get him to the banquet.

His playful menu celebrates the popular Welsh children’s program, Fireman Sam, and showcases his impressive knowledge of Asian cooking methods.

Hosted by chef, TV and radio host and singer, Andi Oliver, the new series welcomes a new line-up of judges made up of two-time Michelin-starred GBM Banquet winner Tom Kerridge, restaurateur Nisha Katona and comedian and podcast presenter Culinary Ed Gamble.

Founded in 2017, Woky Ko has four restaurants across the city, each with a unique offering.

Woky Ko’s menus feature traditional Taiwanese bao, Chinese chow mein, and Japanese katsu, as well as modern dishes like Korean fried chicken and signature noodle dishes.

A MasterChef finalist in 2013, Larkin’s interest in food began as a child – watching his parents cook in their Chinese restaurant in Cardiff – but it wasn’t until five years ago that he abandoned his legal profession to pursue a career as a chef.

He was a consultant chef at Celtic Manor for three years, before opening his own restaurant Woky Ko.

Larkin’s techniques and methods are rooted in Chinese heritage but with influence from across Asia and he now owns four restaurants in Bristol with a developing kitchen in Wales.


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