Joe's Million Pound menu

13th January 2019

With charred cauliflower and spiced ricotta on the menu, London chef and Meningitis Now supporter Joe Allen is hoping to wow investors on the new series of BBC foodie programme My Million Pound Menu

Meningitis chef Joe

Along with partner Aaron Thomas, Joe will be pitching his “Indo-Nepali inspired cookery” to a panel on the Dragons Den style show. The two hope their signature dish – which also includes a family recipe curry sauce – will be enough to win investment to open their first restaurant.

Joe, who lost his brother Tom to meningitis in 2012 at the age of 24, said that Aaron had also lost his mum and explained the story behind the intriguing name for their joint venture – XX/VI: 

“The name is "XX/VI" which to us has a poignant meaning. Tom's lucky number was 26 and Aaron's mother's birthday was on the 6th June - so merging 26 and 6 gives us a constant reminder of why we started.”

He said that he and Aaron had been serving their delicious Indian and Nepalese food for the past year at pop-up restaurants.

Joe who, along with his family has raised nearly £100,000 for Meningitis Now, has been one of our top supporters. This includes organising multi-course fundraising dinners in London with mouth-watering dishes and the contribution of several top chefs. But it’s his own skills that will be on display on My Million Pound Menu – where he will be up against a couple who run an Indian burger business and another team who will be presenting their “new take” on Thai food.

Good luck Joe – you’ve definitely got the support of all of us at Meningitis Now. And if you find yourself with any spare time in the future, please come in and give us a taste of your cooking!

My Million Pound Menu featuring Joe Allen will show on BBC at 8pm on Tuesday 15th January.