Tom Kerridge to create Royal Ascot menu

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is to create a special menu for Royal Ascot later this summer.

The chef, who can currently be seen on the BBC’s Great British Menu, will devise a menu for the racecourse’s Panoramic restaurant, which will be inspired by the award-winning British cuisine of his Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow.

The dishes will be created especially for the Royal Meeting that takes place between 18th and 22nd June, and will be available as part of a package costing between £880 and £1,735.

As part of the deal, racing fans will receive a Royal Enclosure guest badge, a private balcony, champagne reception, complimentary bar, full afternoon tea and a five course luncheon prepared by Kerridge and his team of employees in hospitality and catering jobs.

Wealthy guests willing to splash out on the event will be treated to dishes including poached lobster and late season English asparagus salad, treacle cured beef fillet with braised shin, courgette flower and clotted cream pomme purée, Tonka bean pannacotta and poached strawberries.

Commenting on the menu, Kerridge said: “I am delighted to be involved in Royal Ascot. This is a major part of the British social calendar and I feel immensely proud to be showcasing British food at the prestigious event.”

Opened in 2005, the Hand and Flowers was launched by Tom and Beth Kerridge and has received numerous awards in the years since, including two Michelin stars, three AA rosettes and one Egon Ronay star.

Prior to this, Kerridge worked in various other catering jobs including being head chef at the Michelin starred Adlards in Norwich and senior sous chef at the Michelin starred Monsieur Max in Hampton. Kerridge has also spent time working in jobs at numerous restaurants in London, such as Odettes, Rhodes in the Square, The Capital and Stephen Bull.

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