Michelin-starred chef, Tom Aikens, has today been unveiled as the executive chef for the BT British Olympic Ball, to be held at Kensington Olympia on the 7th October.
Aged just 26, Aikens became the youngest ever head chef to be awarded two Michelin stars whilst at Pied à Terre in London, and his passion for innovative French cuisine has earned him the reputation as one of the most exciting chefs in the UK.
Aikens commented, “I feel privileged to have been asked to act as Executive Chef at the BT British Olympic Ball. I’m a big supporter of Team GB and am relishing the opportunity to design a menu for some of Britain’s greatest sporting talent on such a prestigious occasion.”
In 2010, the event was attended by guests including Prince Harry and Zara Phillips, along with a host of British Olympians and sporting heroes. At this year’s Ball, a number of Olympic hopefuls and numerous celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment will be coming together to celebrate Team GB ahead of London 2012.
Following the success of last year’s Ball and the high demand for tickets, even more tables have been opened for this year’s event and are selling quickly. Guests are preparing for a night to remember, with Sir Tom Jones named as the headline act and exclusive auction prizes on offer designed to raise essential funds for Team GB.
British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Hunt, commented: “We are all very excited that Tom Aikens will be bringing his culinary expertise to the Ball. He is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most gifted chefs and we are looking forward to seeing what he will create on the night. To have such a great British talent supporting this Team GB event will certainly add a special flavour to the evening.”