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Ellenborough Park Hotel Charity Rugby Dinner Raises the Bar and Over £8000

Team 6 Nations hosted by Ellenborough park with Chefs Richard Davies of The Manor House Castle Coombe, Host David Kelman, Tom Court of Sticky Fig Catering, and Kuba Winkowski of The Feathered Nest Inn

Team 6 Nations hosted by Ellenborough park with Chefs Richard Davies of The Manor House Castle Coombe, Host David Kelman, Tom Court of Sticky Fig Catering, and Kuba Winkowski of The Feathered Nest Inn

Cotswolds Hotel, Ellenborough Park Six Nations Charity Dinner and auction raise over £8000

Battle of the Chefs contest sees Wales win a Six Nations Culinary Challenge

Phil Vickery MBE, the former England and Gloucester rugby captain, presided over a charity auction that raised £8,150 for the Wooden Spoon children’s rugby charity, on Friday 6 February, as part of an evening of Six Nations celebrations.

Before the action unfolded at the Millennium Stadium, there was a battle in Ellenborough Park’s kitchen as top chefs challenged each other in a Wales vs England Six Nations’ Culinary Challenge.

Although England took the honours in the international opener, it was Wales that won on the night in the kitchen as diners voted for one of two menus prepared anonymously by the chefs.

Team captain on the Wales team was proud Welshman David Kelman, executive head chef at Ellenborough Park, who was assisted by Richard Davies, Michelin starred chef at The Manor House, Castle Combe.

Captain of the England team was Tom Court, the two AA Rosette chef at The Sticky Fig in Stourbridge; assisted by Kuba Winkowski, head chef at the three AA Rosette Feathered Nest Inn in Stow in the Wold.

Between the main and dessert courses, diners watch the game on giant screens. After the final whistle Phil Vickery stepped up to auction lots including signed framed Gloucester Rugby Shirt, VIP rugby tickets, a cooking lesson with David Kelman, and “Red Racing”, a Neil Helyard painting that went under the hammer for £3,500.

Students from Gloucestershire College supported the chefs in the kitchen as part of their course work.

The winning menu saw a first course of beef tartare, Manor House quails egg, and a charcoal emulsion; second course of roast saddle of lamb, slow roasted lamb neck, honey-glazed sweet bread; dessert of dark chocolate ganache with a squash orange and vanilla centre, white chocolate parfait baked orange tart and coriander.

Organised in collaboration with BITE, the Cotswold Food Festival, and Gourmet-Life – Lifestyle Dining Club, the event was a fundraiser for Wooden Spoon – the UK’s leading grant-making charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people through rugby. A donation from each ticket sold was made to Wooden Spoon and all proceeds from the after dinner auction went to this worthwhile charity.

More on Ellenborough Park Here

Welsh Team Winning Menu

Welsh Team Winning Menu

Steak Tarter

Steak Tarter

Welsh Lamb

Welsh Lamb (by Chef David Kelman)

Chefs Tom Court, Richard Davies and Kuba Winkowski relax after the menus are served to the guests

Chefs Tom Court, Richard Davies and Kuba Winkowski relax after the menus are served to the guests

Both Chef teams joined by Host Phil Vickery MBE and Ellenborough Park Hotel GM John Hanna

Both Chef teams joined by Host Phil Vickery MBE and Ellenborough Park Hotel GM John Hanna

Winners Chef David Kelman and Auction Host Phil Vickery MBE Celebrate

Winners Chef David Kelman and Auction Host Phil Vickery MBE Celebrate

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