The Masters Club Dinner has been an annual tradition since 1952
The annual Masters Club Dinner generates huge interest every year at Augusta National, but which champions have impressed the most with their menus? Who better to decide than world-famous chef Michel Roux Jnr.
Many culinary enthusiasts around the globe eagerly await the publication of the menu ahead of the Tuesday evening gathering of all surviving Masters champions, a popular tradition started by Ben Hogan ahead of the 1952 contest.Some have opted for classic fine-dining that you would expect to find at a Michelin-starred establishment, while others have stayed true to their roots and their heritage and kept it simple, with Tiger Woods offering up cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes following his breakthrough victory aged 21. I met with Chef Michel at his Le Gavroche restaurant in London early last year, before the coronavirus pandemic took hold and rendered the promotion of fine dining in ultra-exclusive surroundings at Augusta National unthinkable. Michel Roux Jnr loved the variety offered by the champions over the years “I love this tradition, it clearly makes the Masters that little more special and the week is steeped in tradition,” said Roux, who clearly revelled in being educated on the history of Hogan’s idea for a pre-Masters dinner for those wearing Green Jackets only.”The way it started, back in 1952, would have been quite revolutionary at that time, particularly for a sporting event.