Gearing up for the 12,500 hospitality guests
that will descend upon London’s Brit Oval for the fifth Ashes Test,
the cricket club’s events team held a celebrity cook off.
In a battle of the frying pans between
ex-English cricket captain Alec Stewart and Brit
Oval’s executive chef Chris Garrett, the cook off demonstrated a sample of the
food on offer during the nPower Ashes series. The event was hosted by celebrity
chef Ainsley Harriott.
“We are completely sold out for the four days
of the Test and are leaving the fifth day open,” Brit Oval head of sales Ceri
Richardson tells CN. “Plans are
in the final stages with over 900 temporary staff being brought in to help.
“We realise that corporate spending is
currently under scrutiny; however, as you can see we are bucking the trend by
being sold out. People realise it is an event that only comes around every four years and we have catered in
such a way to ensure people are getting value for
The menu for the Ashes Test is a fusion of both English
and Australian cuisine. Chef Garrett says: “We will be producing over 3,000
meals each day, which is six
times the usual amount we cater for.
We have enlisted the help of 80 circuit chefs, of which 30 are student chefs
from nearby colleges.”
Speaking about the upcoming Test, Harriott
says: “I’ve grown up with cricket and will be here to watch the
game.” And his prediction: “An
English win, as long as the conditions are right.”