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Chef Josh Eggleton partners with Ashton Gate Stadium

22 July 2016 by
Chef Josh Eggleton partners with Ashton Gate Stadium

Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton will be partnering with the hospitality team at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol to provide Pony & Trap inspired menus on match days.

The chef has been signed, for an undisclosed sum, for two seasons starting this year as part of the stadium's plans to form local partnerships.

Eggleton has previously worked with the Ashton Gate team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and will once again work with executive head chef George Opondo, formerly of the Savoy.

The two have produced high quality menus for platinum VIP Club Seat packages and box-holders.

Eggleton, chef patron at the Pony & Trap, said: "I've always had an association with sport in Bristol. My first job was selling programmes at Bristol Rugby for my dad's printing business. "Ashton Gate is designed to give customers a great hospitality experience and to be a national leader, something I fully support. We're looking to create an excellent customer service and food experience for sports fans."

Mark Kelly, chief of stadium operations, added: "Having Josh join us for the first season in the ‘new' Ashton Gate Stadium is tremendously exciting. His passion for food and sport is fantastic and to have a chef of his calibre, on our doorstep, wanting to partner with us is a huge compliment.

"Despite his incredibly busy career Josh is taking time to be with us on the very first day of the football season (6 August). He's worked with George on designing the menus for our platinum package holders and our corporate boxes, providing premiership cuisine for Bristol City and Bristol Rugby fans."

Ashton Gate is part of a group of companies owned by Stephen Lansdown, including Bristol Sport, Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby.

The stadium has undergone a two-year transformation into a 27,000 all seat venue at a cost of £45m.

Work is almost complete and the stadium will be open in time for the visit of Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the Championship season.

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