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There’s a 1970s twist when eight of the UK’s top chefs put their gastronomic skills to the test to compete in the annual Battle of Eden at a Midlands hotel.
The head chefs, each from a different hotel in the luxury Eden Hotel Collection, descend on Mallory Court in Leamington Spa on 17 October to fight for the title.
Under the direction of Eden’s Food and Beverage Director Simon Haigh, the chefs will take guests on a culinary adventure, hoping to win over their hearts, stomachs and ultimately votes. But there’s a twist to this year’s competition, as Simon explains.
“We take our chefs – and guests – back in time to the 1970s. Remember how fabulous the decade was? The fashion, the music, the dancing! Wouldn’t it have been great if the food was just as good which is why this year our head chefs are taking eight classic dishes from the 70s and giving them a modern twist.
“Join us for a night of nostalgia where we pay tribute to this incredible decade with an eight-course dinner and wines. And when the competition is over, we will be recreating the disco nights of New York’s legendary Studio 54, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes!” says Simon.
Simon will introduce and explain each course without revealing its creator. At the end of the evening, guests will vote for their favourite, the scores will be totalled and the Battle of Eden winner will be announced.
Last year Ted Ruewell, head chef at Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel in Kingsbridge, Devon, scooped the coveted trophy. Second was Adam Brown, head chef at Brockencote Hall near Kidderminster, with Abhijeet Dasalka, head chef at The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, finishing third.
Mark Chambers, Managing Director of the Eden Hotel Collection, says: “The Battle of Eden is undoubtedly the biggest event in our company calendar and it just keeps getting better every year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how our talented head chefs deal with the challenge of a 70s night – with eight chefs, eight courses and one winner, the guests will decide our champion. I’m sure it’s going to be a memorable night!”
More than 100 guests are expected to attend the Battle of Eden and a small number of tickets are still available, priced at £125 per person.
Call 01926 330214 for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Battle of Eden is sponsored by Moet Hennessey, Nyetimber, Robert Welch, Berkmann Wine Cellars, Rybrook Warwick and Bablake Wines.
Photography will be provided by TH Photography and filming by Soft Focus Productions.
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