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Ascot continues to raise the standard for fine dining
Ascot Racecourse has appointed two of the nation’s most respected chefs to help deliver its fine dining offer for 2016.
Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard will host the Panoramic Restaurant and On5 respectively, for all five days of this year’s Royal Meeting. Raymond and Phil hold two Michelin stars each and will create a high-quality and memorable fine dining experience for racegoers.
Raymond Blanc is the Chef Patron of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, the legendary restaurant and hotel in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, which has held two Michelin stars for 32 years. Raymond will host the Panoramic Restaurant during Royal Ascot, as part of a wider partnership with Ascot that will enable the racecourse to benefit from his infectious passion and wealth of experience in providing first class fine dining experiences. Raymond will advise on many aspects of the fine dining offer in the Panoramic Restaurant during the Royal Meeting, including menu design, staff training and service standards.
Part of this partnership will also see Raymond deliver a ‘Service Academy’ to help ensure elegant and uplifting service standards across all of Ascot’s restaurants. The details of the initiative are being finalised, but the aim is to ensure that the service in all of Ascot’s restaurants is as good as it possibly can be.
Speaking about his work with Ascot Racecourse, Raymond Blanc said: “All of my working life, I have strived for excellence and providing our guests with the best possible experience. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and my passion to the heart of Ascot. I am delighted to be working with the brilliant Ascot team to raise the bar even higher. Hosting the Panoramic Restaurant during the Royal Meeting is a real privilege and we’ll give race goers a memorable gastronomic treat. I am equally excited about the Service Academy that I will run in partnership with Ascot. I believe that the guests’ experience is as much about the service as it is the food. As it should be.“
Phil Howard, co-owner of The Square and winner of Great British Menu in 2012 will bring his love of home-grown ingredients to create a spectacular summer menu in On5. Phil returns to Royal Ascot after a very successful five-day stint in 2015.
Speaking about his decision to host On5 at Royal Ascot this year, Phil Howard said: “I’m really looking forward to being a part of Royal Ascot 2016, especially following the success of last year. Again, this year I will be using my interest in British ingredients to create a stunning menu to match the spectacle of a day at Royal Ascot. We have been growing our own vegetables within the grounds of Fulham Palace for a year now and using them at The Square is something I am very proud of. I am greatly looking forward to bringing them to the Royal Meeting this year.”
Fine dining at Royal Ascot
Around 35,000 guests enjoy fine dining at Royal Ascot every year, attracted by the combination of internationally revered chefs, innovative menus and the unique spectacle of the Royal Meeting. There are 12 restaurants to choose from, each with their own individual flavour.
For further information, visit www.ascot.co.uk
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