Derby Ball

On Thursday 31st May, 2007 from 8.00 p.m. until midnight the Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park in Epsom, Surrey will join forces with Epsom Downs Racecourse to raise money for The Children’s Trust and The Academy of Culinary Arts Chef’s Adopt a School Charity at a gourmet evening. Entertainment during dinner will be by the Diamond Divas, three world-class opera singers performing a selection of summer serenades and, after dinner, Clare Balding will give her thoughts on this year’s Derby Festival. Fully Funkadelic will conclude the evening with a selection of great cover tunes to get everyone to the dance floor. Following a Pimms al fresco reception, four award winning chefs will cook an amazing four-course dinner: Michel Roux from the Waterside Inn, Bray; Brian Turner from Brian Turner Mayfair at the Millennium Hotel, John Williams, the Executive Chef at The Ritz and Anton Edelmann, ex-Savoy chef. Philip Corrick, the Executive Chef of the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall and Surrey, will oversee all the kitchen brigade to ensure an amazing four-course dinner. Tickets: £120.00 per person Dress code: Black tie Event Contact: Helen Plummer via email or call 020 7747 3459 Background on all the chefs:
  1. Philip Corrick has brought together this incredible line up of chefs for The Derby Ball, which promises to be a gastronomic affair. Philip has been the Executive Chef of both the Royal Automobile Clubs in London’s Pall Mall and Woodcote Park in Surrey since 1990. He joined after having worked at The Berkeley in London, The Westbury on Bond Street, The Grosvenor House on Park Lane not to mention various 3-star Michelin restaurants in France where he worked to gain additional experience. It is no wonder that he was awarded Chef of the Year in 1988 by his peers.
  2. Anton Edelmann is renowned for having been The Savoy Hotel’s Maître Chef des Cuisines for 21 years, between 1982 and 2003. Born in Germany, Anton trained at The Savoy before retuning to his native Germany, however he returned to London to work at The Dorchester hotel under Anton Mosimann. He then went on to another of London’s great hotels, Grosvenor House before returning to The Savoy as the Maitre Chef. Anton’s style of cuisine is modern European food with a strong French influence. Having left The Savoy, he now works as Executive Chef with overall responsibility for the Directors’ Table, the fine dining division of catering company Sodexho. Anton is a television regular and the author of several books.
  3. Michel Roux the award winning chef, became famous, when alongside his brother Albert Roux, the two took London by storm. He has cooked at the Elysée Palace for President Mitterand and Giscard d’Estaing and his restaurant, the Waterside Inn consistently receives Michelin stars.
  4. Brian Turner is a regular on our television screens thanks to programmes such as Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen, Saturday Cooks and This Morning, Brian Turner is one of Britain’s most successful and well-known chefs. Brian has trained at some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in Europe, including The Savoy Grill, Claridge’s and The Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne as well as the the Capital Hotel in London where he earned a Michelin star when they were a rare accolade in the UK. At the present time he oversees three restaurants, Brian Turner Mayfair in the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair and Turner’s Grills in Slough-Windsor and Birmingham Copthorne Hotels. Turner is President of the Academy of Culinary Arts and actively works for the industry and the government in promoting culinary skills, education for young people. In 2002 he was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism.
  5. John Williams was appointed Executive Chef to The Ritz in 2004. He brings some three decades of hospitality experience to the venerated kitchens of the legendary Piccadilly hotel. John is responsible for the menus in the award winning Ritz Restaurant, and for the recently opened private banquet rooms at William Kent House. A member of the Academy of Culinary Arts for the past 17 years, John became its Executive Chairman in 2004.
Further information:
Shelley-Anne Claircourt
Press Office for the Royal Automobile Club
Tel: 020 7854 1827
Mobile: 07970 891064

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