Raymond Blanc’s upcoming anniversary dinner will see a star-studded line up of former protégés gathering at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to celebrate 35 years of the iconic restaurant. Chefs including Michael Caines, Oli Dabbous, Robin Gill, Clive Fretwell and Agnar Sverrisson will be returning to the kitchen where they learned the tricks of the trade to create a special autumnal dish. They’ll be joining Raymond, current executive head chef Gary Jones and pastry chef Benoit Blin to deliver a seven-course banquet, to be enjoyed alongside Sommelier-selected wines, coffees and petits fours.
Since its opening, Belmond Le Manoir has been awarded with two Michelin stars – making it the only hotel restaurant to have achieved and maintained this accolade for more than three decades. It’s also the only property outside of London – and three in the country – to sustain 5 AA Rosettes for that period of time.
‘For a teacher, there is no greater joy and pride than to see one’s students reach the peak of their chosen career and become one’s equal,’ says Raymond. ‘I am a proud man and we will be bringing together some of the countries most talented chefs to celebrate our 35th anniversary and pay tribute to their individual accomplishments.’
Born in 1949 in eastern France, Raymond is completely self-taught. Widely believed to be one of the world’s top chefs, his contributions to the culinary world have led to him being awarded with both an OBE from Britain and the equivalent of a knighthood from France. Alongside Le Manoir, Raymond founded the Brasserie Blanc restaurant brand, which now has more than 20 branches across Britain, with Clive Fretwell at the helm.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford OX44 7PD
15 October 2019
£345pp, book via belmond.com or phone or call 01844 278881. Those wishing to stay overnight at Le Manoir will receive a special 20 per cent discount on accommodation.