Although his status for the 2022 Masters is still a bit uncertain due to a neck injury, Hideki Matsuyama will still be at the center of the tournament on Tuesday night when he hosts the annual Champions Dinner. In what has become one of the most anticipated moments of Masters week, Matsuyama released his dinner menu on Tuesday, and it looks spectacular.
We often see former champions honoring their home country or region of the world with dishes, which Matsuyama did. Australian Adam Scott went for the surf and turf theme in 2014, Charl Schwartzel served South African barbecue in 2012 and Scotsman Sandy Lyle served the famous haggis in 1989. Matsuyama’s menu might top them all.
- Appetizers: Assortment of sushi, sashimi and chicken nigiri yakitori skewers
- Main courses: black cod glazed with miso, miyazaki wagyu
- Dessert: Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
Sign me up!
Along with the delicious dishes, the Tuesday night dinner is one of the most revered traditions at the Masters. The former champions reverently talk about throwing away the green jacket for dinner with the other winners of this event as well as Augusta National President Fred Ridley.
When Tiger Woods – who served steak, fajitas and (famous) cheeseburgers in various iterations of that night’s entertainment – was asked in February by Jim Nantz if he would play in the Masters, his response was that he would be there on Tuesday for the champions dinner. It’s an evening that connects the past to the future and current golfers love to discuss the stories they hear from the men who won this tournament in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
It’s also a special night for Matsuyama, as he’s the first Asian to wear a green jacket and host this dinner party, which makes honoring his home country of Japan with the menu even more special.
“Of course, I can’t wait to come back to Augusta National as the defending champion,” Matsuyama said recently. “I’m looking forward to it is one way of saying it; another is that I really hope to play well. There are expectations on my part, whether it’s pressure or not. But I’m looking forward to it and also in the same time trying to prepare myself as best as I can. The same with the champions dinner. I don’t speak English very well, and so it’s kind of a two-sided coin. Of course I can’t wait to be with all these great former Masters champions, but at the same time, also very nervous about the speech I’m going to give.”