Hywel may have undersold his “blue cheese salad” in the first round, served in the dark for full effect, it scored him a perfect 10 by Tommy Banks, and also went down a treat with the judges.
His rock-shaped aerated Welsh blue cheese, apples, potato crisps, Welsh truffle, maple dressing and a dusting of beetroot powder, were served on an incredible light box and came together to represent the great Nebula of Andromeda.
The judges loved the contrast between the blue cheese and the dressing, and the huge range of textures and tastes.
This dish celebrates the achievements of Isaac Roberts (1829-1904), an engineer and astronomer from Denbighshire. A pioneer of celestial photography, he was the first to discover Andromeda, our closest neighbouring galaxy, and the first to take a clear, deep space photograph of what was then labelled a Nebula, revealing its spiral shape. The ‘Roberts’ crater on the far side of the Moon was named after him.
Big thank you to Bay Joinery in Swansea for turning around the light boxes so quickly and Monddi in Pembroke for producing the Nebula graphics. Great job! x #greatbritishmenu... See MoreSee Less
‘The Cambrian Explosion & The Genus of Arthropoda’
We thought we’d share more of the details around Hywel’s Great British Menu creations and the inspiration behind them.
The Oxwich Bay lobster pre-starter has a lot of history in its name. The Cambrian explosion (named after the Latin name for Wales) half a billion years ago gave rise to the genus of Arthropoda, to which lobsters belong. The dish celebrates the life of naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913), from Usk in Monmouthshire. Wallace famously had the revolutionary idea of evolution by natural selection entirely independently of Charles Darwin.
However, ‘The Origin of Species,’ Darwin’s masterpiece, overshadowed Wallace’s work and it has usually been his name alone associated with the theory. Wallace recognised the brilliance of Darwin’s work and expressed no resentment at this – in fact, he was Darwin's greatest fan.
What an amazing few days it’s been watching Hywel on Great British Menu. We’ve been blown away by all your messages of encouragement throughout, and are truly humbled by the level of support you’ve shared towards Hywel and all of us at Beach House. It means the world to us!
While we’re delighted H won the Welsh heats, we’re beyond excited to have seen the incredible standard of cooking coming from the Welsh chefs and all their camaraderie. Let’s hope we can get to all their restaurants this year once we’re all able to reopen!
Llongyfarchiadau Hywel, flying our flag high and proud 🏴
Llongyfarchiadau . Wedi mwynhau dy goginio ar y rhaglen yn fawr.
Llongyfarchiadau mawr 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Da iawn ti Hywel
The standard of cooking was absolutely incredible. Inventive, and stunning. Go Hywel, get yourself to that banquet!!
Congratulations Hywel, truly amazing innovative chef ,really looking forward to dining at your restaurant in oxwich
Congratulations Hywel, fantastic result, loved your cooking skills
Fantastic win, congratulations! So proud of our local chef....
So happy for you. We had the most incredible food in your beautiful restaurant. We’ve been cheering for you and can’t wait to come back again x
Lovely to see Hywel get through. Banquet is waiting for you Hywel! 😉
It was amazing and Hywel really stepped it up a level, well done xx
Congratulations! 👏 However I hadn’t yet watched last night’s episode🤦♀️ spoiler alert! Can’t wait to come and dine in June! X
Absolutely amazing can't wait to come back to the restaurant. It might have to be an outside lunch as we now have a puppy 🐕🐾👍
We certainly hope so as we are booked for September. The Welsh chefs were amazing but the best win
Fantastic uplifting experience to see a collection of great Welsh chefs competing again... but icing on the Michelin cake was for our favourite Hywel to go through!
Any chance you could get Nathan and his amazing BBQ creation down to Oxwich for a guest night? We would be there in a flash for a combined menu from two stars...
Ben Wall totally agree! Well done Hywel! Two gents as well!
Hope Nathan comes back next year!
Well done Hywel, really well deserved, your food looked amazing.
Looked like Nathan was excellent competition for you, nice of you to point out he would've had you last year! Could see you'd really worked on your connections to the brief
The Welsh heats were divine! Congrats to H, we can’t wait to visit all the chefs restaurants soon too!
Well done Hywel, amazing food again. Well deserved chef.
Congratulations looking forward to the next round
Well done Howells. You did yourself and Wales proud. It is not just the cooking, which was excellent. You conducted yourself like a gentleman with your comments and support for the other chefs.
What an incredible evening, we’re so delighted and proud to see Hywel as the @greatbritishmenu Welsh winner again this year!
It’s been an absolute pleasure watching the show this week, especially tonight with the incredible quality and talent of @nath_d820. It’s been a joy to watch you both. Now it’s onto the next round for @hgchef1 flying the flag for Wales🏴 #greatbritishmenu... See MoreSee Less
Hywel you were brilliant! Llongyfarchiadau! 🏴
Congratulations and well deserved.🤗c
So very pleased for you Hywel, your dishes looked amazing and you did your restaurant and Wales proud 😀😊
Watched it and was so happy for Hywel. 👍
So so delighted for you and so excited! We said Nathan would be one to watch at the beginning of the week (but obviously hoping he wouldn't triumph) and he did a great job too so just goes to show how incredible your cooking was to beat him!
Well done Hywel! Always happy to be a guinea pig but 3 lockdown cancellations now 🥺 Roll on June! 😘😋 Hope we’ve not missed the wild garlic season again 😬
Awesome cooking mate, well deserved winner 👏👏👏
Well done Hywel fantastic dishes - you must get to the banquet this year! 🤩
Yay!! Congratulations Hywel!! Incredible food and well deserved. See you in august and September! 🤞🏼🎉
Huge congratulations Hywel! Well deserved and you’ll definitely get a dish to the banquet this year. Can’t wait to come back to the restaurant. X
Brilliant from Hywel. Really creative. Can’t wait to taste his food again when you reopen!
Well done Hywel. 👏👏👏
Well done Hywel well deserved you must get to the banquet this year 👍
Llongyfarchiadau! 👏🏻👏🏻 Nathan was fab but we had every faith in you!
Yeah go Hywel well impressed with all of your delicious dishes😋👏🏻👏🏻
Well deserved - fabulous food!
Well done Hywel Good luck on getting through to the banquet
Brilliant job Hywel. Pob Lwc i chi for the next round. Can't wait to have our 40th anniversary meal at the restaurant. 👍😎
Brilliant, many congratulations, looking forward to seeing you soon!
So chuffed for you Hywel! What a well deserved win!
Many congratulations! Both chefs were brilliant but Hywel definitely deserved to win. Really hope to visit the restaurant in the future.👏
Congratulations....the fish course looked amazing , as well as everything else
Astonishing cookery from both of these guys, many congratulations Hywel.
It was never in doubt! But...
Fantastic win Hywel. Loves watching you cook having tasted your food I knew you were going to smash it. Good luck I hope you get a dish through to the banquet 😘😘😘
Hywel will be back on Great British Menu again tonight - 8pm on BBC2 - after his amazing creations last night in the first round of the Welsh heats.
We’re always proud of him, but last night’s cooking blew us away and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for his mains and dessert tonight.
Last nights dishes were inspired by some incredible Welsh innovators. ‘The Great Nebula of Andromeda’ celebrates Issac Roberts, an engineer and astronomer from Denbighshire, who first discovered Andromeda and took a clear deep space photo. ‘The Water of Life’ celebrates the life of Martha Hughes Cannon, a physician from Llandudno. She reformed public health, championed women’s rights and mass vaccinations, and helped end smallpox outbreaks by improving public drinking fountains.🏴
Thank you to Monddi Design Agency for graphic design work, @bay_joinery for the serving boxes, and Darren Yeadon for the fountain sculpture.
Fantastic Hywel, deserved winner on the night...good luck to get to the banquet!!!
Dechreuad da Hywel. Pob lwc am y ddau gwrs nesa.
Fantastic Hywel, looking forward to tonight
Enjoyed watching, brilliant. Hope he gets a dish chosen for the banquet this time
Great deal of thought and effort went into the 2 courses.They looked fantastic and we are told, tasted great too!!
Carry on the great work Hywel, looking forward to seeing you "star" tonight!!!Another couple of tens will seal it!! Good luck!!
His first dish was amazing! Can’t wait for tonight.
The first dish looked amazing.
Could almost taste the food. Brilliant dishes again last night 👍
Well done mate👏
The cheese salad was just stunning, well worthy of the 10. 😁
Wow! Another fabulous night Hywel! Congratulations 👏 👏👏👏👏👏👏
Great start tonight!! Keep up the good work Hywel
Good luck x
Good luck Hywel, so disappointed we couldn’t be with you all in March, but will be back. Will be watching all week and rooting for you 🤞x
Good luck. This years competition has been brilliant.
Can’t wait! Been looking forward it. Good luck Hywel 🏴
Will be watching and hoping you win. Can’t wait until September when we will joining you for a meal x
I’ve got a booking with you in June 🥰🥰🥰
Interested? It the most anticipated moment in our household all year. Two more sleeps. Go Chef! 🏆 always a winner for me!
Good luck Hwyel 🤞 Love the brief this year. Last week's 2 finalist chefs were amazing. Looking forward to seeing what Wales has to offer.
Can’t wait! 👍
Best of luck Hywel. Plenty of Welsh inventors for inspiration. 👍😎
Oh da iawn wir, gwych! Edrych 'mlaen a phob lwc! Great news, looking forward! Good luck Hywel! 👍🤞👏🤩
Good luck Hywel!
All the very best Hywel 👍
YEH! Go Hywel , love watching all of you prepare feasts we can only dream about attempting, so we go out and eat . OH Yes and thanks for all hard work to put masterpieces on Plates, boards ,slates etc .
We know many of you have been waiting a long while to enjoy a get together with family and friends, and with restrictions having lifted a little more, we hope you have a wonderful long weekend - however you’re spending it!
We’re delighted to finally know that we can reopen on May 31st (although we’re still hoping that the date may be brought forward a little🤞🏻). Book your visit online now through our website and come and enjoy late Spring with us at Beach House here in beautiful Oxwich Bay!
That’s lovely news ☺️ we had a reservation for dinner at The Beach House this evening...so disappointed we can’t come (holiday down the pan too 🙄) but we’ve rebooked the reservation for next March..can’t wait 🥰
Hywel, wishing every luck to a very talented chef, will you please sort out Wellocks delivery to Swansea as you are now a chef ambassador for them - they have delightful ingredients and they don’t deliver to Swansea, please use your presence to influence their delivery of delicious ingredients x
Fabulous news, we have already booked theBeach for September so will watch the new series with bated breath xx
Fab fab fab. If we can't come visit at least we can feast our eyes! Good luck xx
Excellent news. Will be watching avidly. Fingers crossed he goes all the way.
If you are open we are hoping to book with you for our 40th anniversary in May.
Hey fabulous!!! Good luck 🤞 xx
Awesome....all behind you Hywel 🏴 👍
Good luck!!!! Can’t wait to see this!👏👏👏
Good luck Hywel!!!
How exciting 😃😃😃😃
Good luck H. 👍
Pob lwc Hywel! 👍🤞👏🏴
Good luck x
Great he was fab last year and so enjoyable to watch 👏👏👏
Fantastic, good luck, love the show!!!!
Can't wait to watch him. Such a talented chef 😍
Congratulations! Can’t wait to watch and come back to the Beach House soon!
Good luck Hywel, will be watching. Can't wait to be able to visit.
Go get em Hywel!!We are all behind you! Good luck!!
Pob lwc Hywel ......good luck . I’ll be watching
Da iawn hywel 🌟🌟🌟
Good luck sir
Pob lwc Hywel
Pob lwc Hywel! Mae Emma Lovett a fi yn edrych ymlaen i ymweld â'n hoff fwyty unwaith byddwch chi nôl ar agor
Our head chef Hywel has been busy working on a little St David’s Day recipe. Keep an eye out for the full recipe over the next couple off days, ready to cook along with him! #foodbythesea... See MoreSee Less
Congrats - we really enjoyed our lunch time visit last October
Congrats on the award. So hope things are open by May so we can celebrate our Ruby anniversary in style. 👍😎
Many congratulations. Looking forward to your reopening.
Congratulations. Looking forward to when you're open
Congratulations, still looking forward to visiting!
So proud of everyone Hywel Congratulations so deserved
Congratulations, we hope to be with you this summer
Congratulations 🎊 We have greatly enjoyed our meals with you this year and fully appreciate the difficult circumstances the whole team have been operating in, your success and recognition is thoroughly deserved. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Fantastic news... Not that it was ever in doubt... Congratulations. Can't wait to see you all again xxx
Congratulations from the Netherlands. 🥂🎉. Hope to be able to visit your restaurant in the near future.
Congratulations Hywel and the team. Cymru am byth! 🏴🏴🏴
Congratulations all can't wait to rebook as soon as possible
Well deserved!! Can’t wait until you reopen xx
Da iawn. 👍
🌈look forward to enjoying soon!
Brilliant Hywel xx
Well done will definitely visit in the summer, fingers crossed!!
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