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The Battle of Eden - 70s Style!

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. 

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. 

Notes to editors:

  • The Eden Hotel Collection comprises eight luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. They are Mallory Court, Leamington Spa; Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Devon; The Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon; Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire; The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham; The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, Somerset and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor. 
  • For more information visit www.edenhotelcollection.com
  • The Eden Hotel Collection is part of The Rigby Group Plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful family-owned businesses. Founded by IT entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, the Group’s portfolio spans hotels, aviation, technology, property and investments.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection has evolved over the last 15 years through the acquisition and restoration by The Rigby Group of carefully-chosen hotels, each with unique attributes but all offering the same impeccable standards of service, quality and attention to detail.


Jeff Sims and Leah Taylor at Edwards Harvey PR, tel 01622 604600 or email jeff.sims@edwardsharvey.com / leah.taylor@edwardsharvey.com