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An Evening of Gastronomic Excellence at Darby’s

An extraordinary gathering is set to unfold on the 16th of April, as past and present protégés of the legendary Raymond Blanc come together for a one-of-a-kind celebration.

Darby’s, under the visionary leadership of its founder Robin Gill, is hosting an honorary dinner that promises to be a memorable tribute to a true titan of the culinary world. The evening is more than just a dinner; it’s a heartfelt homage from those who have been directly shaped by Blanc’s unparalleled wisdom and passion for French cuisine.

The event will feature a six-course dining spectacle, each dish inspired by the invaluable lessons and unforgettable memories forged in the kitchens under Blanc’s mentorship. From the precision of chefs and restaurateurs to the finesse of sommeliers, mixologists, and front-of-house experts, this event symbolises a reunion of the ‘Team RB’ alumni in paying respects to their mentor.

Raymond Blanc, a self-taught maestro whose culinary journey has inspired countless others, holds a unique place in the world of gastronomy. Not only has he been recognised with an OBE in Britain and a knighthood in France, but his jewel, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, has consistently retained two Michelin stars for over four decades, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Furthermore, Blanc’s vision extends to the Brasserie Blanc chain, part of the Heartwood Collection, epitomising authentic, seasonal, and accessible French dining across England.

But perhaps Blanc’s most significant achievement is the legacy he has built through his mentoring. With no formal training himself, he has been a guiding light to a generation of chefs, with an impressive 34 protégés earning Michelin stars of their own. This testament to his mentorship will be vividly on display as the Team RB, featuring luminaries like Luke Selby of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, the Gills of Darby’s, and other distinguished alumni, come together for an evening of exquisite dining.

Tickets to this exclusive event include a welcome drink and a six-course dinner that promises to be a journey through the flavours, techniques, and traditions Blanc has championed. And with the man himself rumoured to have secured his seat, it’s an evening no culinary enthusiast would dare miss. Reflecting on his career, Raymond Blanc shared, “As a self-taught chef, this is something I am truly most proud of. To have nurtured so many successful chefs through our kitchens at Le Manoir and to have helped create a network of incredible talent across the world… there is nothing greater.”

For those eager to be part of this unique gastronomic celebration, an opportunity to share a table with fellow food lovers is just an email away. As spaces are limited, early reservations are encouraged to ensure a spot at this unparalleled tribute to a culinary giant. So, mark your calendars for an evening at Darby’s that promises to blend exquisite cuisine, camaraderie, and the celebration of a mentorship that has left an indelible mark on the culinary world. It’s not just a dinner; it’s a journey through the legacy of Raymond Blanc, curated by those who know it best.

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