Celebrity Chefs Celebrate Aubrey Allen's 80th Anniversary
Many of the UK’s most celebrated chefs took time away from their hectic kitchen schedules to join fellow distinguished restaurateurs and guests for our 80th anniversary commemorative lunch at The Worshipful Company of Butchers in London.
Michel Roux Snr, the celebrated Michelin Star chef from the Waterside Inn at Bray proposed a special vote of thanks to Aubrey Allen on behalf of the guests, which included such culinary personalities as Brian Turner, Chris Galvin, Andreas Antona and Daniel Galmiche.
Commenting Michel Roux, the French born chef and restaurateur said: “My own father and grandfather owned a charcuterie shop in France and it is just wonderful to witness the similar skills and knowledge that have been passed down the family generations at Aubrey Allen.
“This is also my opportunity on behalf of the restaurant industry to thank you for consistently providing the best of the best meat products available to us. Congratulations on being the Chef’s Butcher for 80 years!”
Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen and the founder’s grandson remarked that celebrating 80 years in business was a very special landmark for Aubrey Allen, which started in 1933 from the humble beginnings of a small butcher’s shop in Coventry.
As he explained: “Today we are a third generation family business with a significant turnover supplying meat and quality fine foods across the hospitality spectrum, as well as to retail customers online and from our Butcher’s Shop of the Year in Leamington Spa. We also have a highly successful events catering business, as well as our own bistro restaurant.
“Sadly the most important person behind our business is no longer with us, my grandfather, Aubrey Allen, who passed away in 2008 and would have loved to have joined in all the celebrations. But the legacy he created and passed down to me and my sisters Debbie and Lucianne via our father Peter is set to continue, and we are all focused and looking forward to celebrating our centenary in 20 years’ time in 2033”, he added.
The Worshipful Company of Butchers provided the perfect venue to celebrate the anniversary in view of its history and prominence in the meat industry, together with the Royal connections. Guests were treated to Aubrey’s dry-aged striploin of beef, sponsored by MLCSL which was preceded by prawn cocktail and followed by strawberry tart. Moet & Chandon supplied the champagne, a Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, and Fromage to Age supplied the cheese.
Pictured (left to right): Peter Allen, Michel Roux, Russell Allen.