Racecourse reveals exclusive concept with Michelin-starred chef

Aiden Byrne
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Chester Racecourse has revealed it will be working with restaurant MCR’s Aiden Byrne for its most ambitious race day dining concept to date.

‘Parade with Aiden Byrne’ is an intimate, stylish, invite-only, live-sports entertainment experience that promises to be ‘one of the best at any sporting venue’, says the racecourse, and launches in time for the start of a new season at the 2019 Boodles May Festival.

The grand unveil will take place on Wednesday, May 8, and run for the duration of the 2019 season.

Parade with Aiden Byrne is a luxurious trackside venue, positioned in the ultimate location for any racegoer, alongside the finishing post.

Hosting just 60 guests in an intimate setting, design, indulgence, impeccable service and fine dining are the focus, all overseen by the renowned chef who was the youngest to earn a Michelin star, aged just 22.

His influence over the food for Parade is integral and he will be creating a seasonal, six-course tasting menu on race days.

Chester Race Company chief executive Richard Thomas said: “Our team has been working round the clock to create this incredible race day concept and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Aiden, who’s execution and attention to detail we have admired for some time.

“Parade with Aiden Byrne will be unlike anything seen before at the racecourse, or indeed within the city of Chester.

“An intimate and stylish space promising the optimum experience of any sporting venue, our guests’ race day will be exquisitely crafted and managed by our unrivalled concierge team. The response so far has been overwhelming, and we expect a full and enviable guestlist come May.”

Aiden Byrne added: “The Chester Racecourse brand values of luxury and quality are aligned with my own.

“Parade will provide guests with an exceptional restaurant experience in a completely unique environment.

“The open plan kitchen will provide theatre, creating the perfect ambience, whilst the menu features a range of seasonal dishes, using local suppliers that I believe in. I can’t wait to send the food from the pass and watch the guests’ experience unfold in such an exceptional setting.”

With interior design collaboration from award-winning interior designer Michelle Derbyshire and A Styled Lifestyle, the racecourse says Parade with Aiden Byrne will offer a luxurious haven, featuring a Summer garden roof bar and viewing terrace.

When the racing draws to a close, the celebratory atmosphere will continue into the evening with a resident DJ and cocktail mixologists transforming the space into, what is claimed will be the most desirable night spot in Chester.