The winner of the Masters Match will get a inexperienced jacket, an elegantly engraved trophy and a lifetime invitation to play one among the most revered occasions in skilled golf.

He additionally has the likelihood to plan a dinner the subsequent spring for different Masters winners (and to select up the test for one among the most unique evenings in sports activities).

“How rare is it to get everybody like that in a room where it’s just us?” Scottie Scheffler stated hours earlier than his dinner final 12 months with 32 fellow Masters champions and Fred S. Ridley, the chairman of Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, the website of the match.

“There’s nobody else,” Scheffler continued. “There’s the chairman and then there’s us.”

And at a match the place the concessions are legendary, the stress is ceaselessly on the new champion to select a menu that befits the second. Tiger Woods supplied up cheeseburgers and milkshakes after his debut Masters victory in 1997, however over the years constructed menus that included sushi, porterhouse steaks and chocolate truffle cake. Sandy Lyle went with haggis after his 1988 win. Vijay Singh’s collection of Thai meals thrilled some gamers and flabbergasted others.

When Jon Rahm, the 2023 winner, seems for his dinner on Tuesday evening, he’ll sit all the way down to a meal that begins with six tapas and pintxos, together with “Mama Rahm’s classic lentil stew,” a recipe from Rahm’s grandmother. Afterward, there shall be a Basque crab salad, a selection of rib-eye steak or turbot and a dessert of milhojas de crema y nataa puff pastry cake with Chantilly cream and custard that was basically Rahm’s wedding ceremony cake.

The Spanish-born chef José Andrés helped the Spanish-born golfer develop the menu.

“He called my grandma for the recipe” to the lentil stew, Rahm stated final month. “If somebody doesn’t like it, please just don’t tell me. Don’t tell anyone, actually. It means a little bit too much to me to hear it.”

“I wanted to put a little bit of my heritage and my family into this dinner, which is going to make it even more special,” he added. “Hopefully I get to do it again, but I wanted to make sure the Basque heritage was there.”

The night was not all the time so personalized. For years, the menu included little greater than a steak, a baked potato and free-flowing wine, choices that mirrored the habits, homogeneity and not-very-daredevil nature of {many professional} golfers. After Tommy Aaron gained the match in 1973, he recalled in an interview in 2020, he telephoned an Augusta Nationwide official to inquire about the menu and realized that the unfold was relatively predictable. He selected to supply a beef dish, lobster bisque and a crabmeat salad.

“After the dinner, a couple of guys said, ‘Well, we’re glad we got something different than a strip steak,’” remembered Aaron, who forevermore ordered no matter the champion deliberate as an alternative of a cop-out entree.

Scheffler recalled that he had brainstormed his menu along with his spouse and his agent. They began with a fundamental premise — Scheffler’s favourite meals — and began to slim the record from there. After consulting with an Augusta Nationwide chef, they settled on a menu that, as the golfer put it, was “definitely not going to be on any nutritionist’s plan.”

When Augusta Nationwide allowed The New York Instances into its kitchen final April, a workforce of cooks was making ready what would maybe be its most scrutinized meal of the 12 months, with dozens of dishes that wanted to be personalised, timed and warmed simply so.

There have been starters of cheeseburger sliders, ready with a precision that eludes most house cooks, firecracker shrimp and bowls of tortilla soup. Texas rib-eye steaks, reflecting Scheffler’s many years in the state, or blackened redfish got here subsequent, with macaroni and cheese, jalapeño creamed corn, deep fried brussels sprouts and French fries. For these with room for dessert, there was a heat skillet chocolate chip cookie with milk-and-cookies ice cream.

“I had the soup and had to sort of swab the top of my head because it was perspiring,” Lyle stated proper earlier than he mocked the apparently delicate style buds of Fred {Couples}, the 1992 winner.

“I like hot food — I’m used to curries and things like that, so I’m not too bad,” Lyle stated. “But I think Couples was, like, holding his throat — ‘Oh, my God.’ So it caught a few people by surprise.”

Scheffler didn’t appear bothered. His menu, his guidelines.

“Everyone,” he reported the subsequent day, “enjoyed the food.”