Jockey Club Catering has agreed an extended three-year partnership that will see three generations of Roux working together at Jockey Club Racecourses.
Led by culinary icon Albert Roux OBE and supported by son, Michel Roux Jr., and granddaughter, Emily Roux, the family will be bringing an enhanced version of the sell-out legendary Chez Roux luxury hospitality experience to the Cheltenham Festival, Investec Derby Festival and the QIPCO Guineas Festival.
Bespoke menus have been designed by Albert, to reflect on the seasonality and provenance of each region’s larder and his team will work closely with the Jockey Club Catering chefs around kitchen design, suppliers, interior style and crockery.
Hospitality guests attending the Cheltenham Festival will enjoy a four course menu with loin of venison, cranberry and spiced bread stuffing with kale and sauce poivrade – a firm favourite. At the Investec Derby Festival highlights include a Derby seafood platter, runner bean salad, sauce bois boudran with a sauce marie-rose and lemon. While at the QIPCO Guineas Festival a contemporary British menu has been developed with rack and saddle of Suffolk suckling pig, served with roast Brogdale apple, grilled spring onion, vinegar creamed potatoes and a scrummy jus.
Albert Roux OBE commented: “Our successful partnership with Jockey Club Catering means we are able to deliver an unrivalled race going experience at some of the UK’s most iconic sporting venues. It is always a privilege to share a kitchen with Michel and Emily so I am delighted on the occasions that they can join me this racing season.”
Nick Campbell, managing director Jockey Club Catering, commented: “Our aim is to deliver the best possible experience for our guests through high quality food and drink. Since we introduced Chez Roux in 2015 it has gone from strength to strength so I am naturally thrilled to have Albert back in the kitchens with Michel and Emily coming along to support and I look forward to seeing the culinary delights they will create together.”
Albert Roux OBE is also a key supporter of Jockey Club Catering’s education partner, South Thames College Hospitality and Catering Academy.
As patrons of the academy, Jockey Club Catering provides students with opportunities to gain practical experience and offer placements across the 15 Jockey Club racecourses where they operate. Students from the college recently took part in a live cooking competition at the Jockey Club Catering’s 2017 Showcase Day which saw Albert and Michel judging.
Jockey Club Catering is a joint venture between The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British racing, and Compass Group UK & Ireland.
The partnership was launched in 2009 with the aim of providing premium quality catering at all 15 of The Jockey Club racecourses.