Curtis Stone to transform Presidents Cup into more than a sporting feast

Melbourne’s Michelin-starred restaurateur Curtis Stone is bringing his LA eatery, Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant, to the Presidents Cup in an Australian first for the world-famous chef.

Described as a “meat-lovers paradise” by Zagat and “the most ambitious and accomplished restaurant in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter, Gwen will be featured in the Presidents Cup Fan Village adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, serving local and international fans Curtis Stone’s unique taste of Victoria.

Curtis Stone will create a curated menu and signature cocktails with a lunch and dinner service catering to fans who want even more than the opportunity to watch the world’s best golfers battle it out for Presidents Cup honours. Curtis’ brother and co-owner of Gwen, Luke Stone, will be on-site daily to implement the enterprise.

The reservation-only lunch and dinner service will feature a two-course meal matched with premium wines, carefully selected from the Yarra Valley and beer from local Victorian breweries. The second dinner sitting each day will also feature the yet-to-be-unveiled signature cocktail.

Based in Hollywood, California, Gwen is both a European-style, specialty butcher shop and fine dining restaurant. The menu will reflect Gwen’s focus on fire-based cooking and some of Gwen’s classics, such as butcher shop spreads, lamb ribs and Wagyu steaks, to name a few.

This will be a unique restaurant experience, with a dining room and full bar for guests to enjoy.

A reservation at Gwen at the Presidents Cup will be available to any patron who has a general admission ticket and the 120-seat restaurant will be open from Saturday 7 December, to coincide with the Junior Presidents Cup and player practice, through to the final day of competition on Sunday 15 December, with bookings opening in September.

Registration for a first opportunity to book can be made here.

Curtis Stone said, “After Luke and I debuted a pop-up Gwen at Coachella in 2018, we’ve been searching for the perfect opportunity to bring the concept to our hometown in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup is a great fit.”

“We are super excited to be bringing our fine-dining philosophy to Royal Melbourne so guests can enjoy a great lunch or dinner amid golfing greatness. I’m already working hard with my team to develop the ideal menu and Luke will be back in December running the operation,” Stone said.

Presidents Cup Executive Director Matt Kamienski said the aim is to make the Presidents Cup much more than just a golf tournament and Gwen will bring something totally unique to the global team golf competition.

“Of course, with Tiger Woods leading the star-studded U.S. Team for the first time as captain will be spectacular, but we want to take the whole event experience to another level,” Kamienski said.

“We asked our catering partners at Dean & McPherson to come up with something that was quintessentially Melbourne and Victorian and would equal the world class sporting action we will have on the course.

“In golfing parlance, with Curtis Stone, Luke Stone, and Gwen, they have broken the course record.”

Dean & McPherson is a subsidiary of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and CEO Michael Browell says the Presidents Cup will provide the opportunity to showcase their hospitality offering to domestic and international event goers.

“We are delighted to be working with Curtis and Luke Stone on bringing their world-class LA eatery Gwen to the Presidents Cup, further delivering on our promise to provide an exceptional hospitality experience to everyone in attendance,” Browell said.

“This will be an international sporting event the likes of which Melbourne has never seen before, so to have Dean & McPherson delivering innovative and premium hospitality options on course, including the exceptional Gwen pop-up restaurant, we simply can’t wait to be at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December.”

The 13th edition of the Presidents Cup makes its return to Australia and the famed Melbourne Sandbelt region for a third time as Captain Tiger Woods and the United States Team prepare to take on Captain Ernie Els and the International Team in a showcase of thrilling competition and national pride at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, 9-15 December 2019.