BARROW’S Great British Menu representative Tom Barnes competed for his region in the final of the competition but lost out to Niall Keating.

The Simon Rogan executive chef made it to the finals alongside Stoke on Trent’s Niall Keating and Alex Greene of Belfast where the contestants served a six-course meal inspired by children’s literature at the City of Oxford college.

Tom said: “It has been hard work but I enjoyed it. I put a lot of work into it over the last few months to have it all done. It is a nice feeling and I’m glad everyone enjoyed the food.”

“I was really excited to be here. It was my first time in Oxford, there is so much history in the place and it is making me really excited to get in the kitchen and cook.”

Despite initial setbacks caused by malfunctioning equipment and the presence of storm Ciara during filming, Tom kept a cool and calm demeanour and was praised for his Beatrix Potter Herdwick lamb main course.

The judges praised Tom for his flavour, creativity, and presentation.

Journalist Matthew Ford said: “If Beatrix Potter had been with us today, she would have been the happiest person at this table.”

The evening saw Niall Keating awarded the champion of champions with his fish course ‘Witches of the Northern Lights’.

Niall said: “It’s been my lifelong mission to win Great British Menu. It is a dream come true.”

Tom did his region and Simon Rogan’s proud with his commitment to his work.

“I’ve got a feeling my grandma was going to vote for Niall.”