This year Jockey Club Catering’s operations at the Investec Derby Festival, at Epsom Racecourse, employed a team of 120 chefs to help prepare the show-stopping menus that focus on seasonal and regional ingredients, delivering over 6,000 fine-dining hospitality lunches, as well as 3,500 freshly prepared best of British afternoon teas. Jockey Club Catering hired a team of food and drink colleagues, recruited from the local area and who were given over 5,000 hours of training to help deliver the experience to 125,000 race-goers.
In the Grandstand Enclosure, the team created a street-food market offering all the favourites, from traditional fish & chips to a hog roast, or a Cornish pasty, all made using top quality ingredients.
New for 2018 was an elegant MOET Champagne Terrace, which has two racing-level bars and unbeatable views over the final furlong from the viewing terrace above.
The Hyperion Lawn, at the Parade Ring, has a new Rum Runner airstream, offering an array of bespoke drinks created by expert mixologists, to the backdrop of celebrity DJ sets including Vogue Williams and Jo Whiley.
The scale of the event saw Jockey Club Catering serve (an estimated):
- 500kg of British beef sourced from Surrey Farm
- 1,200 best of British cheese boards
- 4,000 handmade race horse shaped biscuits to be served with afternoon tea
- 2,500 handmade macaroons
- New 40-metre long bar, Lookout Bar, serving a selection of drinks
Nick Campbell, Managing Director at Jockey Club Catering, commented:
The Epsom Investec Derby Festival is one of the highlights in the UK’s sporting calendar. We have sourced the best local suppliers and talent at Epsom Racecourse to make sure we deliver an exceptional culinary offering that makes a visit to Epsom a great day out for all our guests.