Tommy Banks Opens The Batting For Lord’s Dining Club.
He will open this year’s Lord’s Dining Club series on 23 May when guests dine in the historic Long Room at Lord’s on a specially curated menu, designed by Tommy himself.
This will be his first time hosting a Lord’s Dining Club event which, in honour of the age-old pairing of food and cricket, couples the traditions of Marylebone Cricket Club with innovative cooking from a line-up of world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs.
Tommy is no stranger to first-class cuisine, having become the youngest British chef to receive a Michelin-star in 2013. He reached the Great British Menu Banquet in both 2016 and 2017 and went onto host The Big Family Cooking Showdown in 2018.
On the opportunity to cook at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the 30-year-old said:
“Lord’s is just incredible. I have to pinch myself when I think I’ll be cooking at Lord’s this year. As a child it was this bastion of cricket which felt absolutely enchanting.
Watching on TV, the prestige of the Pavilion felt so far away from anything I would ever see or do, so it’s amazing to think I’ll be cooking there, and in the Long Room too, just days before this incredible summer of cricket.”
Tommy will create a bespoke menu for the lucky guests, on which he hopes to include some of the signature dishes from the Black Swan – including his crapaudine beetroot, slow-cooked in beef fat. The dish – described by Tommy as “a vegetable masquerading as meat” – is topped with cod roe, linseed crackers, goat curd and a rich barbecue glaze.
The four-course menu is exclusively designed by the host chef and each course is served with a matching wine.
These events will be an incredible opportunity for food lovers to get up close to a line-up of world-renowned chefs and experience a specially-created meal, cooked and hosted by the best chefs in the world, in the iconic setting of the Long Room, located in the Grade II*-listed Pavilion. At the end of the meal a Q&A session gives the diners the unique interactive opportunity to quiz the chef with questions taken from the floor.
There is an option to upgrade to a VIP experience, which includes a drinks reception on arrival held in the famous Player’s Dressing Rooms, and the guests will be joined by the host chef.
In the autumn Lord’s Dining Club will be hosted by the award-winning Michael Caines on 24 October, and one of the world’s finest chefs, Raymond Blanc on 27 November.
Lord’s Dining Club tickets are available to purchase priced £192, and £264 for the VIP experience. For more information and to purchase a place at the table, visit lords.org/diningclub.