13 OCTOBER 2014
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The Eurostar rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe kick-started its 20th anniversary celebrations last week by setting the Guinness World Record for the Largest Champagne Tasting Event.
Passengers on Wednesday’s 10:25 service from London St Pancras were welcomed on board with a special announcement from Eurostar’s Business Premier Culinary Director (and Michelin starred chef) Raymond Blanc who hosted the tasting alongside his very own sommelier from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Arnaud Goubet.
Travellers in all classes were served three types of Champagne to sip, guided by leading wine expert Goubet. Passengers were also given a slice of Opera cake selected by Blanc to complement the Champagne.
Shortly after the tasting finished on UK tracks, the official Guinness World Records adjudicator raised her glass to announce to passengers that a new record title had been set for the Largest Champagne Tasting Event, with 515 taking part.
The tasting also marks two years since Eurostar and Raymond Blanc joined forces to transform the on board dining experience for Business Premier passengers. Renowned for his passion and innovative culinary expertise, Blanc works with each of Eurostar’s three kitchens to create seasonal menus combining the best of British and French cuisine and featuring sustainable ingredients of local provenance. www.eurostar.com
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