What Jon Rahm revealed dissecting Masters Champions Dinner menu

jon rahm and his masters champions dinner menu

Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm on the 2023 inexperienced jacket ceremony.

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his fourth and ultimate time period in 1945, his inauguration speech was a mere 557 phrases. The Gettysburg Tackle? Lincoln delivered his enduring message in solely 271 phrases. And Jaques’ stirring “All of the world’s a stage” monologue from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It?” The brooding nobleman captivated his viewers in all of 211 phrases.

Which leads us to Jon Rahm and his dissection of his Masters Champions Dinner menu, on a Tuesday name with reporters.

“Let me discover it on my cellphone,” the Spaniard started, launching into a proof that may ultimately clock in at a phrase depend of, anticipate it…1,005.

A number of phrases? Undoubtedly. Too many? Undoubtedly not!

Certainly, Rahm spoke with such colour and fervour about his Basque-inspired meal, which might be ready by superstar chef Jose Andres, that it could have left golf followers wanting not fewer phrases however extra. Take, for instance, how Rahm described one in every of his entrée choices, chuleton a la parilla: “[It’s] principally a ribeye that’s seared on principally an everyday grill with a little bit of coal, smoked and seared. Normally historically they’ll serve it to you already lower up after which you might have a sizzling plate you can prepare dinner it as much as your temperature. Most individuals in northern Spain go about as a lot as medium uncommon. Should you go previous that, you’re going to get a bizarre look simply because that’s how we’re.”

Was this Jon Rahm on the road…or Jamie Oliver?! Rahm’s steak evaluation went on for one more 82 phrases, however you get the concept: He cares deeply about what he might be plating his fellow champions. This isn’t to counsel that Snead or Palmer or Nicklaus didn’t ruminate over what they served at their respective dinners, however these legends definitely by no means spoke so expansively about their culinary decisions — partially as a result of within the dinner’s early days the winners didn’t decide their very own menus, the membership did.  

There’s no documentation of what Ben Hogan served in 1952 at what was the primary gathering of what was then often known as the Masters Membership, however it’s a protected wager that Idiazabal cheese, Spanish omelettes and turbot fish weren’t among the many choices, as they are going to be on the Tuesday night of this yr’s match.

In truth, for a few years the previous winners got no extra choices than what they’d have acquired when flying business: steak, rooster or fish. Someday across the mid-Nineteen Eighties, champions took management of the menu, with some picks proving extra fashionable than others. Whereas Ben Crenshaw’s Texas barbecue unfold was a success in 1996, Sandy Lyle’s predominant dish in 1988 — haggis, aka stuffed sheep abdomen — was much less nicely acquired. “Horrible,” George Archer, the 1969 champion, barked. “Everyone shoved it apart.”

Gay Brewer, Fuzzy Zoeller and Herman Keiser converse at the Champions Dinner during the 1997 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 1997
From left: Homosexual Brewer, Fuzzy Zoeller and Herman Keiser on the Champions Dinner in 1997.

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Then there was Tiger Woods’ menu from 1998 — cheeseburgers, grilled rooster sandwiches, French fries, vanilla and strawberry shakes — which led to at the very least some grumbling from attendees given they might have pieced collectively a comparable meal on the fast-food joints out on Washington Highway. “From what I’ve heard he’s going to have, it could be a joke,” Bob Goalby, the 1969 winner, instructed the Augusta Chronicle earlier than the dinner. “If I can’t get a steak, I’m leaving.”

Because it turned out, Goalby may have steak, as a result of the membership supplemented Woods’ menu with filet mignon and sea bass.

In newer years, menu orchestration has turn out to be extra severe enterprise with some gamers bringing in their very own cooks (this yr will mark Chef Andres third oversight of a Champions Dinner). Hideki Matusyuma had foodies giddy together with his 2022 providing of sushi, sashimi and Miyazaki wagyu, whereas a yr in the past Scottie Scheffler had his dinner mates guzzling ice water when he served up a five-alarm tortilla soup.

However relating to the four-way intersection of meals, tradition, heritage and household, few if any dinner hosts have matched what Rahm will (actually) be bringing to the desk subsequent month. “We made what can be a northern Spanish Basque nation Bilbao menu and principally put in all of my favorites and even included a dish from my grandma,” Rahm stated. That recipe was for lentejas estofadas, a standard Spanish dish that along with its namesake (lentils) is loaded with potatoes, peppers and onion, and flavored with garlic and paprika. “He known as my grandma for the recipe,” Rahm stated of Andres. “If someone doesn’t prefer it, please simply don’t inform me. Don’t inform anybody, truly. It means a little bit bit an excessive amount of to me to listen to it.”

Of the Iberian ham on the six-item tapas menu, Rahm stated: “I feel lots of people will count on that. After which an analogous model, which is lomo, which is pork loin. Will probably be someplace between jamón and chorizo, one in every of my household’s favorites. Undoubtedly my brother’s favourite.”

Masters champions at 2023 Masters Champions Dinner in the Augusta National clubhouse

Jon Rahm’s Masters Champions Dinner menu is out, and we’re salivating


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Of his turbot entrée, which might be served with white asparagus, Rahm famous: “It’s a white fish, very native from the place I come from, which truly most typical is cod or sea bass, however I don’t like cod so I refuse to have one thing I don’t like at my dinner.”

And of the dessert, known as milhojas de crema y nata, Rahm stated: “The interpretation from Spanish [of milhojas] can be 1,000 leaves. It’s principally a puff pastry with custard and simply little or no layers. It was principally Kelley and I’s wedding ceremony cake. It varies a little bit bit the place you’re doing it in Spain, however it’s completely one in every of my favorites.”

On and on Rahm went: in regards to the Gernica peppers from Basque nation that resemble Shishitos; in regards to the potato-wrapped chorizo with which Rahm didn’t sound all that acquainted (“José’s doing,” he stated); and in regards to the Imperial Rioja that he might be pouring for his company, which was one in every of Rahm’s grandfather’s favorites.

After which got here one thing surprising. As Rahm started winding down his dinner dissertation, he admitted he was nervous and that he felt like he’d been rambling. He even went as far as to apologize.

“I really feel like I did a horrible job at explaining that,” he stated. “I’m sorry.’

Horrible job? Rahm had, after all, finished the fairly the alternative.

Alan Bastable

Golf.com Editor

As GOLF.com’s government editor, Bastable is liable for the editorial route and voice of one of many recreation’s most revered and extremely trafficked information and repair websites. He wears many hats — enhancing, writing, ideating, growing, daydreaming of sooner or later breaking 80 — and feels privileged to work with such an insanely gifted and hardworking group of writers, editors and producers. Earlier than grabbing the reins at GOLF.com, he was the options editor at GOLF Journal. A graduate of the College of Richmond and the Columbia College of Journalism, he lives in New Jersey together with his spouse and foursome of youngsters.

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