Masters Champions Dinner Special

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It is an honor often overlooked after becoming a Masters champion - the Champions Dinner.
 
Yes, there's the fabled green jacket and the ceremony of the previous year's champ placing it upon your shoulders immediately after victory. And there's the fact that you will forever be mentioned as a Masters champion. Those alone sound pretty good.
 
But the Champions Dinner, every year on the Tuesday night before the start of the tournament, is just a perfect example of what separates the Masters from all else. The defending champion is afforded the luxury of coming up with the menu for all of the past champions in attendance.
 
That's a different kind of pressure - or, for many, a chance to show off their taste in food, their heritage, or, possibly, their sense of humor.
 
Here are the menus served up of the last 20 years:
 

2007, Phil Mickelson: Barbecued ribs; chicken; sausage and pulled pork; with cole slaw.
 
2006, Tiger Woods: Stuffed jalapeno and quesadilla appetizers with salsa and guacamole; green salad; steak fajitas; chicken fajitas; Mexican rice; refried beans; apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
 
2005, Phil Mickelson: Lobster ravioli in tomato cream sauce; Caesar's salad; garlic bread.
 
2004, Mike Weir: Elk; wild boar; Arctic char (that's a fish); Canadian beer.
 
2003, Tiger Woods: Sushi and sashimi; porterhouse steaks; chicken breasts; green salad with jumbo crab cakes; mashed potatoes and asparagus; and chocolate truffle cake with fresh berries
 
2002, Tiger Woods: Porterhouse steak and chicken with a sushi appetizer.
 
2001, Vijay Singh: Seafood tom kah; chicken panang curry; baked sea scallops with garlic sauce; rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce; baked filet Chilean sea bass with three flavor chili sauce; lychee sorbet
 
2000, Olazabal: Beef filets with Bordeaux sauce with papas fritas (french fries)
 
1999, Mark O'Meara: Steak and chicken fajitas, with sushi and sashimi appetizers
 
1998, Tiger Woods: Cheeseburgers; grilled chicken sandwiches and strawberry and vanilla milkshakes
 
1997, Nick Faldo: Fish and chips, with tomato soup appetizer
 
1996, Ben Crenshaw: Texas barbecue
 
1995, Jose Maria Olazabal: Paella, tapas and hake
 
1994, Bernhard Langer: Turkey and dressing with wedding soup and black forest torte
 
1993, Fred Couples: Chicken cacciatore
 
1992, Ian Woosnam: Leg of lamb with sweet meadow hay
 
1991, Nick Faldo: steak and kidney pie
 
1990, Nick Faldo: shepherd's pie
 
1989, Sandy Lyle: Haggis, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips.
 
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