Racecourse recruits the best in Yorkshire for an exclusive dining club

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Doncaster Racecourse has pulled off a culinary coup by signing up one of the North’s top chefs to cater for VIPs at the St Leger Festival - for £300 a head.

Michelin-stared chef Tessa Bramley, from The Old Vicarage restaurant in Sheffield, is introducing a new elite gourmet dining experience to the course this September for members of the exclusive St Leger Platinum Club.

The entire team from The Old Vicarage restaurant at Ridgeway will be re-creating the ultimate hospitality experience within Silks Restaurant - the former Weighing Room at the course, a restored period building adorned with saddle racks and famous racing silks - on Friday, September 9.

Guests will enjoy innovative cooking from internationally- recognised, award-winning chef Tessa Bramley.

Her creative menus are grounded in nature and evocative of the seasons - “proper food, cooked properly with discretion yet flair”.

Tessa is one of only five female chefs in the UK to hold a coveted Michelin star.

Guests will also enjoy a private Champagne and canapés reception and visiting tipster and table service betting will provide racing enthusiasts with all they need.

Tessa said: “This is the perfect recipe for me, having my Michelin chefs at the oldest classic race meeting in the world. Diners will enjoy the full Michelin experience, the finest local produce prepared and cooked by me and my team during one of Yorkshire’s key sporting and social occasions.”

Racecourse managing director Mark Spincer said: “We have worked on this project together to introduce a complete Michelin star dining and hospitality experience at the St Leger Festival, bringing together one of Yorkshire’s biggest and best sporting events and one of Yorkshire’s finest chefs.

“The introduction of a Michelin star culinary team at a racecourse is not only a historic moment for Doncaster, but for the region and it’s one we are very proud of.”