A Northwest-based chef is to appear on a top cooking show for the first time next week.

Nina Matsunaga, co-owner of The Black Bull in Sedbergh, Cumbria, is among four chefs representing the Northwest in the regional heats, which starts on Tuesday, February 27.

The show begins at 8pm on BBC Two and iPlayer and will see Matsunaga vie for the honour of finals week against her northwest counterparts.

The nine-week series, themed around Britain's Olympic and Paralympic victories, will conclude with a banquet hosted by the British Ambassador to France, in honour of Team GB.

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Nina Matsunaga, chef and co-owner of The Black Bull, said: "I’ve thought about taking part in GBM for quite a few years now, but I never thought I would find the courage to apply.

"This year I felt I should push myself beyond my comfort zone, and although a challenge it was an exceptional experience competing alongside some very talented chefs. It was an honour to represent the North West which has a rich culinary tapestry, with some of the greatest produce.

"This year’s theme was pretty interesting, threw up a few challenges and really made me think, so we’ll just have to see how things go and where I end up in the competition."