LEXINGTON, KY. (September 14, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced details for Taste of the World presented by WinStar Farm, one of the most exclusive, highly-anticipated annual entertainment events surrounding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Taking place on the evening of Thursday, October 29, the 5th Annual Taste of the World will kick-off the richest two days in sports and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah’s likely pursuit of the first-ever Grand Slam title at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. Offering the best of the best in horseracing and luxury hospitality, Breeders’ Cup has elevated the entertainment experience to an entirely new level with renowned chef and horseman Bobby Flay as this year’s event host and a special live performance by Superstar Tim McGraw. The star-studded evening with world-class entertainment and dining combined with the growing excitement for a possible attempt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and complete racing’s Grand Slam has solidified this year’s Taste of the World as one of the most highly-anticipated social events for the Thoroughbred world.
Taste of the World is a VIP, invite-only event that features an impressive roster of chefs – including renowned French Pastry Chef François Payard, Matthew Lambert of The Musket Room, television personality Marcus Samuelsson, chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem, and representing Good Food Ireland is Executive Chef Ed Cooney of Dublin's luxurious Merrion Hotel and Chef Martin Shanahan, owner of Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale in Cork. The participating chefs, many of whom will be flown in by a private jet by Breeders’ Cup partner Sentient Jet, will prepare dishes inspired by their country’s cuisine for over 1500 of the most influential breeders and owners – all of whom are in town to participate in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships – at the lavish tented affair hosted by the breathtaking WinStar Farm. This will mark the first time that Taste of the World will take place at a Thoroughbred breeding farm, celebrating the true heritage of the sport’s most elite Thoroughbred champions. The culinary experience will also feature an E*TRADE lounge and pairings by 14 Hands Winery, Maker’s Mark®, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois.
“The key lifestyle and entertainment elements of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships continue to evolve as we focus more acutely on providing our key participants with not only the best in horseracing but the best in the overall hospitality and entertainment.” says Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “With a spectacular setting at WinStar Farm, line-up of culinary masterminds and entertainment from Grammy Award winning performer Tim McGraw, this year’s Taste of the World showcases our efforts to enhance the experience for our participants and celebrate what could be the most exciting World Championships to date.”
On Monday, November 2, immediately following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Keeneland will host the 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale, the largest Thoroughbred auction of its kind, further expanding the field of influential horsemen participating in this year’s event.
With amazing live musical performances, the world’s most sought-after chefs and horsemen from all over the globe in attendance to witness history in the making at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Taste of the World at WinStar Farm will transform into a vibrant, multicultural hub for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For the first time, Breeders’ Cup will offer horseracing fans the opportunity to experience the exclusive Taste of the World event by giving away two tickets during the Prelude to the Cup on Thursday, October 29. Details on the giveaway to be revealed in October at keeneland.com
Participating countries will be represented by the following renowned chefs:
• Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez (New Orleans/Baltimore)
• Janine Booth, Root & Bone (NYC)
• Richard Sandoval, Richard Sandoval Restaurants (world-wide)
• Noah Bernamoff, Mile End Delicatessen (NYC)
• Anthony Lamas, Seviche, A Latin Restaurant (Louisville)
• Roland Passot, La Folie (San Francisco)
• François Payard, Payard (NYC)
• Wolfgang Ban, Edi & The Wolf (NYC)
• Good Food Ireland
• Ed Cooney, The Merrion Hotel (Dublin)
• Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy (Kinsale, Co. Cork)
• Douglas Keane, Cyrus (Sonoma)
• Matthew Lambert, The Musket Room (NYC)
• Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem (NYC)
• Daniel Wright, Abigail Street (Cincinnati)
• Jason Hicks, The Peacock (NYC)
• Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star (Sonoma)
• Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s (New Orleans)
• Kelvin Fernandez, La Marina (NYC)