The BBC Good Food Show returns to the NEC on 29th November for four days of celebrity chef inspiration and Christmas shopping, but there is more to this year’s Show than you might expect.

As well as welcoming fresh celebrity face Prue Leith, James Martin and Paul Hollywood return to the Show. The Big Kitchen will host the return of the Michelin Star Challenge, where Birmingham favourite Glynn Purnell will be taking on rising star Tommy Banks, the youngest ever recipient of a Michelin star, in a competitive cook-off.

Glynn isn’t the only local chef trying out new things at this year’s Show – Jamie Desogus head chef at the highly-rated Harborne Kitchen will be making his debut on the BBC Good Food Stage. Fellow Brummie Brad Carter will be joined on the Winter Kitchen by Melissa Hemsley and Dan Doherty.

This winter’s event will feature experiences from industry experts in two of the most loved tipples, beer and whisky.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will be judging its prestigious Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2018 competition on the opening day of the Show, as well as hosting tutored beer tasting sessions, and partnering beers with pub snacks.

For lovers of all things scotch, Chivas and The Spirit Lounge are giving visitors the chance to learn about the craftsmanship behind whisky, and create a personal blend in an exclusive masterclass (advance booking essential).

As well as a whole host of new exhibitors, including Noisy Nuts and Don Papa Rum, BBC Good Food Show favourites Fox’s Spices will be returning for their 28th year, whilst cheese experts Lynn Bank Farm and sausage specialist Heck will also be back at the Show.

Glynn Purnell, owner of Michelin starred restaurant Purnell’s, said: “The BBC Good Food Show Winter is such a huge occasion - it’s the biggest food event in the country and it takes place right here in Birmingham. The Show is always good fun; as a chef you get to meet and see other chefs who you might not have seen in a while and mingle with the crowds.

“This year, I’m really looking forward to going head to head with the fantastic Tommy Banks in the ultimate cook off, the Michelin Star Challenge, where the audience get to judge for themselves who wins. Hopefully, being a Brummie through and through, I’ll have home when it comes to the audience votes.”