Lincoln restaurateur head-to-head with Britain’s best

Knife-wielding superchef Marco Pierre White has challenged a Lincoln restaurateur to a culinary showdown as part of a new Channel 5 series which aired on Thursday.

Kitchen Wars pits cooking talent from around the UK against each other in a challenge to see who can prepare the best dish in under 30 minutes.

Ivano De Serio and his father-in-law Alan Ritson, who run The Old Bakery restaurant in Lincoln, were among those chosen 12 for the semifinal in London on June 21.

Ivano De Serio and his father-in-law Alan Ritson

Ivano, who has been running The Old Bakery with his wife Tracey for eight years, prepared homemade pappardelle with duck ragout and a poached egg.

Originally from Italy, Ivano also appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish last year.

The Michelin starred chef will be scrutinising Ivano’s dish in next week’s Kitchen Wars semi-final. Contestants will be judged on their service and culinary flair.

Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars semi-final airs on Channel 5 on June 14 at 9pm.

Photos by Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite