LU BAN'S EXECUTIVE CHEF
DAVE J CRITCHLEY
WINNER OF THE BUSINESS HERO OF THE YEAR 2021 AWARD
AT THE CITY OF LIVERPOOL BUSINESS AWARDS
We are thrilled that Chef Dave J Critchley has won the City of Liverpool BUSINESS HERO OF THE YEAR award.
He’s done amazing things and made so much happen – from setting up LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services) so that local people could get locally supplied food and groceries during the pandemic. LIDS has gone from strength to strength since then.
Dave created WellFed, providing children, families and vulnerable people with packed lunches and dinners when there’s been a struggle to put food on the table.
Dave’s energy continues to bring people together and shows just what can be achieved through passion, determination and never stopping. We’re proud of you Dave.
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Dave Critchley, executive head chef at Lu Ban, holds the prestigious honour of being the final apprentice to Master Wu, one of China’s highest level Master Chefs, and returned to work in Liverpool in 2019 after a two-year spell with Manchester-based Living Venture Group and their flagship Australasia brand, where he held the position of executive chef.
Prior to that, Dave spent four years as executive head chef at the prestigious London Carriage Works at Hope Street Hotel, and had senior roles at Portico in Albert Dock, Gallery in Formby, Noble House, Alma de Cuba, 52 Lark Lane and Neighbourhood Cafe Childwall.
Dave is a husband, father, brother, son, and an all round decent guy whose passion is to build community spirit and using his skills to help feed the city’s young and vulnerable.
DAVE’S GREAT BRITISH MENU ADVENTURE
In 2021 Dave took part in the BBC’s Great British Menu series, demonstrating his culinary skills, using Liverpool heroes as the inspiration for many of his dishes.
In June, he invited Lu Ban guests to join him for an exclusive evening filled with amazing flavours from his experience on the Great British Menu.
Dave treated his guests to an evening of fabulous food, great company and the perfect ambiance.He did us proud on the TV show, representing the proud people of Liverpool, the often unsung heroes that made our great city. Take a look below to see what was on Dave’s special menu
GREAT BRITISH MENU
GREAT BRITISH OYSTERS
Rock oysters served with Szechuan chilli oil, green onion, black vinegar
A BLIND RADICALS CURE
(A sailor lunch)
Shorthorn beef tartare, cured beef jerky, soda bread “biscuit”, beef tea, pickled and fermented vegetables, cured egg yolk emulsion
WITH COURAGE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
(Air, sea and land)
Wild sea bass, razor clam, smoked pork loin, celeriac, smoked caviar, pickled sea herbs
SAINT OF THE SLUMS
(Breakfast at Kittys)
Spiced mutton rump, “Irish stew” potato and white truffle espuma, baby vegetables, herb dumpling
Cherry sorbet, apple blossom and ruby chocolate soil
A TROPICAL REMEDY
Sous vide pineapple, stem ginger caramel, rum spiced sponge, banana and Liverpool Lost Dock Rum
This was the opportunity to experience the beautiful Great British Menu dishes created by Lu Ban Executive Chef Dave J Critchley.
Starring in the 16th series of Great British Menu, Dave’s culinary creations based on the theme of British innovation were inspired by amazing people of Liverpool from the past who made a difference and their mark on our great city.
The executive head chef at Lu Ban, the city’s fine dining Chinese restaurant, is one of four chefs competing in the North West regional heat, which tests the chefs’ creative and culinary skills in the search for the perfect menu.
The weekly heats, which began in March, are aired across three nights and features four chefs going head-to-head in a bid to impress the judges.
This is the 16th series of Great British Menu which has the theme of British innovation, as 2021 marks 30 years since Sir Timothy Berners-Lee first made the internet widely available, as well as Helen Sharman becoming the first British astronaut to go into space.
38-year-old Dave, who is making his first appearance on the show, said: “It feels amazing to have been asked to take part. It’s something I have been a huge fan of since I was a young chef and there have been some fantastic chefs on there. It’s a huge honour to be
involved as it’s an ambition of mine fulfilled.”
His North West rivals are Kirk Haworth from Plates, London, who’s originally from Blackburn;
Liverpool-born Dan McGeorge, from Rothay Manor in the Lake District and Ashwani Rangta,
executive chef at GupShup in Altrincham who’s originally from Shimla in northern India.
Critchley, who is preparing for the reopening of Lu Ban on May 20, is giving nothing away other than to reveal his menu choices were inspired by innovators connected to Liverpool.
“I have chosen people who many might not be aware of, but who have helped people in the city,” he added.
“I wanted my dishes to reflect their characters and be about Liverpool and these people,
their community – my people, my life, my city, and my community.”