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Tune in to BBC Two's 'Great British Menu' tonight (28th April 2014) at 6:30pm to see Jason Hodnett from The Raven in Much Wenlock as he competes against other top chefs from around the county challenged to produce 21st century dishes for war heroes.

Jason and the other chefs are hoping it will be their finest hour as they fight it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet marking the 70th anniversary of D Day at a bastion of British wartime resilience, London's magnificent St Paul's Cathedral, for guests including those who fought on 6th June 1944 itself as well as others who served on both the frontline and the home front.

This year’s challenge is for 24 of the nation’s top chefs to produce 21st century dishes worthy of our war heroes. Their creations must evoke the wartime spirit of the generation which fought for our freedom as well as honour the bravery shown throughout the Second World War and, of course, taste delicious too!

As ever, to reach the banquet each week three chefs must first impress a veteran chef of the competition, who will put through the top two to the Friday regional final. The chefs must then prepare their menus again for not only the regular judges Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton but also a special guest judge with a unique perspective on this period of British history.

From 93-year-old Ken Sturdy, who fought on the beaches of Normandy, to Jim Radford, thought to be the youngest serving in the Merchant Navy on D Day, and from Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, to Molly Rose, a wartime Spitfire pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary service, these very special guests bring their incredible experiences, personal memories and discerning taste buds to the judging chamber.

The series has been filmed – but Jason has been sworn to secrecy! He said: “We had a week filming here at The Raven and a week filming in the studio. My grandfather, Benjamin Bowness, fought in Korea and other parts of the world. He was a war hero. Unfortunately, he passed away in January. He knew I was cooking as part of the D-Day Great British Menu, though he did not live to see it. My participation is my way of paying tribute to him."

The Raven Hotel in Much Wenlock is a valued member of Shropshire County Hotels, a group of independent and individual hotels and inns in Shropshire. To find out more about The Raven please click here to visit their website.