Two of the nation’s most respected and esteemed chefs are taking the helm at Ascot Racecourse this year for Royal Ascot (Tuesday 20th– Saturday 24thJune 2017). Raymond Blanc OBE and Phil Howard will host the Panoramic Restaurant and On5 respectively, after both chefs involvement in previous years were marked as exceptionally successful and memorable Fine Dining experiences. Both will work alongside Ascot’s award-winning in-house team led by Executive Chef, Gemma Amor.
Held in the highest regard by his peers in the industry and the general public, Raymond Blanc wields an enviable mix of effervescent charm and profound talent. His legendary restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire has held an impressive two Michelin stars for more than 30 years.
Bringing with him a wealth of expertise, Raymond started working with Ascot in 2014 catering for the Private Boxes before graduating to the prestigious Panoramic Restaurant in 2016. Here he has tailored the menu, staff training and service to create a restaurant which today provides one of the finest gastronomic experiences at the Royal Meeting.
Speaking about his work with Ascot Racecourse, Raymond Blanc said;
“I am honoured to return to Royal Ascot for another year with a fresh new menu. The standard and expectations are always high at such a prestigious event but I know my team and I can raise the bar even higher this year. The Royal Meeting is always so exciting and hosting in the Panoramic Restaurant is a real privilege. The Service Academy which I will be running in partnership with Ascot for a second year is something I am equally excited about. The Fine Dining experience at the Panoramic Restaurant is as much about the service as it is the food and it will not be long until we are warmly welcoming our guests to the iconic venue once again.”
For 17 years, Phil Howard held two Michelin stars at his co-owned restaurant, The Square. His achieved accolades also include winning the prestigious Great British Menu in 2012; with a desire to pursue cleaner and lighter dishes resulting in Elystan Street; his new Chelsea outpost which has reaped critical acclaim.
Praised for his previous stints at Ascot, Phil returns to On5 with a spectacular menu which remains faithful to his own cooking philosophy, championing the best of British produce.
Speaking about his decision to host On5 at Royal Ascot this year, Phil Howard said:
“I’m thrilled to be a part of Royal Ascot in 2017. Following on from the success of 2015 and 2016, there is a lot of pressure to impress once more, but I feel prepared and enjoy rising to the challenge. When planning the menu, seasonal British produce was at the forefront of my mind to create dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning – in keeping with such a prestigious occasion. It’s a privilege to have my dishes served at the Royal Meeting once again.”
Speaking about Fine Dining at Ascot Racecourse this year, Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse said;
“Having worked with both Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard before, I am delighted to have them back on board for 2017. Their knowledge and understanding of food is so inspiring to the whole team. Raymond Blanc hosted the Panoramic Restaurant last year and his dishes were a great success. The Service Academy has also proved extremely effective as a core part of our continued efforts to raise the standard in our Fine Dining services year-on-year. Guests who are lucky enough to secure a table in the Panoramic Restaurant during the Royal Meeting, which Raymond will be hosting, are in for a real treat.
“Having Phil Howard back for another year is another culinary highlight for Royal Ascot in 2017. He is such a talented chef and his dishes last year received exceptional feedback from our customers. His technical ability and knowledge of food is brilliant and we’re delighted that he will be joining us once again.”
The Royal Ascot Fine dining experience also extends to private boxes, where guests can enjoy a champagne reception, four course menu and private service in their own private space.
For Royal Ascot 2017, Bollinger Champagne, Royal Ascot’s official champagne partner, will have two exclusive bars in the Royal Enclosure Gardens and the Bollinger Lounge on the Motivator Lawn. Bollinger Champagne is also available at all bars throughout the racecourse.
To book or for further information with regards to Fine Dining at Royal Ascot, please call 0844 346 3000 orfind out more here