24th November 2020



The Recipes that Got Us Through 2020 Revealed


·       British public turn to sweet treats and comfort food during lockdowns

·       UK’s leading food platform, Great British Chefs, shares the recipes their 20 million users and 4,000 Great British Chefs Club members have cooked from the most this year

·       Meaty ingredients dominate most popular search terms


London. 19 November. Great British Chefs – the UK’s leading premium food platform – has today revealed the most popular recipe and ingredient searches on their website in 2020, revealing the foods that have helped Britain’s home cooks keep busy during lockdown.

The nation’s favourite lockdown treats: (Clockwise from top left) Custard tart; chicken bhuna;
white bread; elderflower champagne

The top ten was dominated by comforting food with sweet treats including Welsh cakes, custard tart, and coffee and walnut cake appearing high on the list, alongside warming dishes such as chicken bhuna, and classics like egg mayo sandwiches and potato dauphinoise. Elderflower champagne also made the top 10, highlighting how many of us turned to foraging for ingredients during lockdown this summer. Top of the list of popular recipes in 2020 was a sourdough starter, the lockdown essential that went viral earlier in the year.

Reflecting Great British Chefs’ roster of incredible cooking talent, recipes from renowned chefs and key food influencers were popular this year, such as Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton’s potato dauphinoise, a custard tart from Masterchef: The Professionals’ Marcus Wareing, and blogger Helen Graves’ perfect egg mayo sandwich.

The top 10 most popular recipes on Great British Chefs this year were:

1.      Sourdough starter

2.     Chicken bhuna

3.     Custard tart

4.     Welsh cakes

5.     White bread

6.     Sweet chilli dip

7.     Perfect egg mayo sandwich

8.     Elderflower champagne

9.     Potato dauphinoise

10.   Coffee and walnut cake


Great British Chefs also shared the most searched for ingredients on the website during 2020, showing what the public have been hoping to incorporate into their kitchen creations as they recreate their restaurant favourites at home, inspired by the UK’s leading chefs. Unusual ingredients appearing in the top 100 most popular ingredient searches of the year included wild garlic, polenta, octopus and rabbit.


Despite only one of the top ten most searched for recipes including meat, it appeared that home chefs were still carnivores at heart, with the top four most searched ingredients being chicken, lamb, salmon and duck. The term “vegetarian” came in at number five of the most popular searches.


The top 10 most popular ingredient searches on Great British Chefs in 2020 were:


1.      Chicken

2.     Lamb

3.     Salmon

4.     Duck

5.     Vegetarian

6.     Dessert

7.     Cod

8.     Pasta

9.     Pork Belly

10.   Risotto


For aspiring chefs looking to hone their skills during lockdown, Great British Chefs have launched the Great British Chefs Club, a subscription service which offers members unlimited access to recipes from over 160 of the UK’s top chefs, as well as exclusive content, such as the Signature Series, showcasing videos from chefs including Kerth Gumbs, Mark Hix and Shuko Oda. Members also receive offers, gifts and other perks.


Home cooks can subscribe to the Great British Chefs Club at: .

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