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Celebrating the 2021 launch of the Star Championships as part of the Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick, the Freeman Journal and celebrity guests joined official ambassador, TV presenter Abbey Gelmi for a ‘taste of the autumn’ races at Sokyo yesterday evening for a sit-down private dinner. The Star’s award-winning Executive Chef of Sokyo, Chase Kojima, who is the Official Culinary Ambassador.


Photography: Will Salkfield


Ambassador for the Autumn Carnival, Abbey Gelmi presented guests with the Japanese inspired bespoke race day menu at Sokyo. The four-course feast included tuna tataki, kingfish miso ceviche, shiokoji toothfish with pumpkin puree, roasted cauliflower with yuzu miso and a caramel macchiato for dessert will follow Sokyo signature cocktail, Chasing Kojima, a delightful combination of Yuzu sake, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and elderflower.


“The Star has it all for pre and post-race day activities. I usually squeeze in some down time at The Darling Spa in the lead up to a race day, and after all the action trackside, it’s nice to be able to sit down and enjoy dinner with friends,” says Gelmi. “There’s something going on wherever you look at Royal Randwick. Race day is always brimming with excitement and potential, from the beauty of the horses to the colourful fashions, tantalising hospitality and stellar entertainment, so I cannot wait to get trackside for The Star Championships,” she said.


Kojima will work alongside the Australian Turf Club’s culinary teams to create an exciting menu for racegoers and food lovers alike of some of his most sought-after dishes which will showcase his imaginative spin on traditional Japanese flavour. The dishes will be served at The Grandview and Centennial Restaurant across The Star Championships at Royal Randwick (April 10 and 17).


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