Regional Executive Chef Tom Parry joined Cheltenham Racecourse in October 2013 after a successful period of 10 years as Executive Chef for major events including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Open Golf Championships, AEG Live Concerts Hyde Park and the PTL Hospitality Village at the London Olympics 2012. Tom also served with the British army for 14 years.
Tom comes with thirty years of experience in hospitality and catering services operating both green field and fixed sites. He holds over 20 culinary medals including winning Parade de Chef Gold at Hotelympia, finalist for the National Banqueting and Event Chef of Year 2012 and 2013, winner of the RCA 2017 Best Food award, winner of Event Caterer of the Year at the SLC Awards 2016, and finalist in the SLC awards Best Menu category 2017.
Tom is passionate about seasonality, provenance of ingredients and the sourcing of local British produce that is farmed and caught in a sustainable and ethical way.
“It is essential in this fast-paced environment to be surrounded by a professional, dedicated team” states Tom. “I am fortunate here to be surrounded by people who share a genuine love of the kitchen.”
What is your signature dish?
“I have been lucky enough to be exposed to many styles of cuisine, my specialities and passion would lean toward Italian and French with Mediterranean influences.
Fresh seafood is my favourite dish. I think it is an art using fresh fish and I get excited about the amount of ways it can be cooked – combining amazing fresh fish landed in Brixham and great local Cotswold produce to produce fresh, tasty and visually stunning dishes.”