The company employs three-Michelin star chefs, including Guy Frenzer who will oversee the Ascot catering, and will fly in fresh ingredients from the Paris markets every day of the world’s premier racing meet
Royal Ascot will have a touch of French flair this year after the racecourse teamed up with a legendary Parisienne culinary institution.
Lenôtre will run three fine dining restaurants – Sandringham, Carriages and The Balmoral – in a double deck marquee at this year’s event, from June 17-21.
The company employs three-Michelin star chefs, including Guy Frenzer who will oversee the Ascot catering, and will fly in fresh ingredients from the Paris markets every day of the world’s premier racing meet.
Thomas Christoux, director of sales at Lenôtre, said: “We will also be using British ingredients too, like beef and lamb, cheese and clotted cream.”
Lenôtre regularly caters for high-end designers like Dior, Hermes and Louis Vuitton and also often organises events in the stunning Palace of Versailles.
As well as major race events in Europe the company caters for the French Open tennis tournament. This will be the company’s first major sporting event in the UK although it does cater for the Farnborough Air show.
Meanwhile Marlow-based chef Tom Kerridge will be operating the new On 5 restaurant in the Grandstand which is currently being built on the fifth floor and which will have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Guests will be able to try Mr Kerridge’s take on British classics with five-course lunches and also afternoon teas.
Mr Kerridge said: “I am thrilled to be invited to host the new On 5. It will be an amazing facility.”
Michelin-starred Indian chef Atol Kochar will be cooking in the Panoramic restaurant at the top of the Grandstand and offering a four-course lunch with the finest wines and Champagnes.
Commercial director of Ascot Juliet Slot, who has been in the position for 13 months, says she wants to take Royal Ascot’s offering “up a level”.
She said: “I want to raise the standard and create a unique experience.
“I want to give people something worth talking about. It’s about the whole experience when you come to Ascot.”
Other changes this year include a theatrical Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Royal Ascot village and a Great British Afternoon Tea and Seafood and Champagne bar.
In the Silver Ring guests can select gourmet picnic items at a high-end artisan deli, including British cheeses, charcuterie, olives and more.
Royal Ascot 2014 tickets are on sale now. You can enjoy an early booking discount rate until 1st April, on selected days, meaning you can save up to 15% off the full ticket price.
There are three ticket types available for Royal Ascot racedays. Click here to find out more about The Royal Enclosure, Grandstand Admission and Silver Ring Admission.