Best of British (BoB), the annual highlight of The British Club, is back for its third year, showcasing the very best of UK cuisine, sport, fashion and entertainment. The Club’s General Manager Sean Boyle gives us a preview of what’s in store this year.
Great food is one of the features of BoB; what’s on the menu this time around?
We’re thrilled that Paul Askew, the chef patron of The Art School, Liverpool, will be showcasing his culinary prowess. Paul is excited to return to Singapore for the event; he spent the better part of his childhood here. Coincidentally, his parents were members of The British Club when they resided in Singapore.
Paul is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and in 2013 was appointed its joint chairman for the North of England. As Merseyside Food Champion and ambassador for Taste Northwest, he has helped to promote food tourism within Liverpool and the northwestern region in general. Recently, Paul won Outstanding Champion and Pioneer at the Liverpool Food and Drink Awards 2014.
What do you have planned for the Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show?
Robinsons is back on board with two of its leading brands, Coast and Oasis; together with Vivien Sheriff, well-known milliner to the royals, who will accessorise the fabulous dresses. As a special treat, Paul Askew will present a live cooking demonstration of the three-course lunch to be served on the day.
What do you have lined up for the Gentlemen’s Black Tie Dinner?
Pete Price returns for the third consecutive year, along with ex-England international and Arsenal legend Ray Parlour. With his instantly recognisable blond curls, Ray Parlour, the man tagged “The Romford Pelé” by Marc Overmars, rose through the ranks and broke into the Arsenal side in 1992; he made more than 460 appearances for Arsenal in his 12 years with the club and won a host of trophies. The tenacious midfielder’s medal haul includes three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, one League Cup and one Winners’ Cup from the now defunct UEFA Cup. We also have some great finds to be auctioned off on the evening.
British comedy is deservedly famous; who is performing on Comedy Night?
This year, “Mr Liverpool” Pete Price is compering. There’ll be two British comedians, as well as the very popular Mick Miller; Mick has had a long career on the live comedy circuit and is known for his trademark hairstyle.
The Grand Finale at Royal Ascot sounds like great fun; how much money do you hope to raise?
Last year we raised $76,000, and this year we aim to do much more to help fund our two nominated charities, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Riding For The Disabled.
Are the events for British people, or for British Club members only, or for everyone?
The Best of British events are open to all, young and old, and there is definitely something for everyone!
What do you have planned for the Open House on 7 June?
The Open House coincides with our annual Family Day, which has a British Fair theme this year. It’s the only day of the year when the Club is transformed into a mini-carnival, with games, stalls, rides and of course delicious food, as well as special offers in celebration of SG 50. It’s an event for the whole family.
The British Club is Singapore’s premier hilltop retreat with a diverse mix of members comprising: 51 percent British nationals, 21 percent Singaporeans and 28 percent other nationalities. To purchase Best of British tickets, visit britishclub.org.sg.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s May 2015 issue.