Payne and Gunter celebrate a decade of catering The BRIT Awards
Payne and Gunter, one of London’s leading event caterers for unique and unusual venues, is celebrating ten years as the official caterer to The BRIT Awards, ahead of this year’s ceremony on 19 February. Payne & Gunter is a business of Levy Restaurants UK, the market leader in sports, leisure and arena catering, and official catering and hospitality provider at The O2.
Following a successful tender in 2004, Payne and Gunter, has worked closely with the organisers BPI to develop the ceremony into the prestigious event it is today. Catering for the BRITs is a role that comes with high-demands and specific time constraints – all three courses have to be served within seventy minutes to 4,000 guests – but with ten years of experience and meticulous planning, Payne and Gunter have the task down to a fine art.
The planning process starts in September with several tastings taking place to design the final menu. During the development phase, more than 50 highly-skilled chefs work over 2,300 man-hours to produce the menu which showcases the best of British produce with a contemporary twist. On the night, over 550 front-of-house employees, 60 chefs, a 40-strong management team and seven lorries of catering equipment, will ensure the food is served without a hitch.
In order to create this year’s elegant menu, Payne and Gunter will use 132kg of Jerusalem artichokes, 2,500 rumps and 160kg of shoulder of the finest British lamb and 120litres of English double cream. 4,000 bespoke tiny dark chocolate cups and teaspoons will be handmade for the dessert.
Every year Payne and Gunter delivers menus with precision and attention to detail, the dishes throughout the decade include, a trio of woodland mushrooms; seared fillet of English beef, with slow cooked beef hot pot; and a blackberry and apple macaroon, with apple and blackberry salad and sorbet. Some of the more daring selections feature guinea fowl supreme with pickled ginger, wasabi champ and baby asparagus; and a chocolate box filled with space dust, chilli, thyme and mint truffles.
Maggie Crowe OBE, BRIT Awards Event Director said: “The BRIT Awards remain in awe of how Payne & Gunter deliver such a magnificent service to our 4,000 dining guests on the night along with over 6,000 guests enjoying the excitement at our after show party. No matter how obscure the ask – they embrace our often quirky requests. Their professionalism is outstanding and magic to watch it being implemented.”
Bethan Jones, Operations Director at Payne and Gunter, who has been working with Maggie since 2004, commented: “We are delighted to have reached the ten year milestone of being the official caterer to the BRIT Awards. We have built a fantastic partnership with BPI during this time and we work together seamlessly to create elegant menus that reflect both Payne and Gunter’s and the BRIT Award’s ethos of showcasing the best of Britain.”
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Payne and Gunter, part of Levy Restaurants UK, provide prestigious event catering in a portfolio of London’s unique and unusual venues and at locations throughout the UK. With 25 years’ experience, Payne and Gunter prides itself on offering exquisite food which has been carefully designed in line with current market trends and with an underlying emphasis on serving ‘British food with a twist’
Payne and Gunter works with venues such as, the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Abby Road Studios and Troxy.
Levy Restaurants, a leading provider of premium quality food and drink experiences, is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland. It operates within some of the UK’s most recognised sporting, leisure and culturally significant buildings including The O2 and Chelsea Football Club. Levy Restaurants specialises in the creation of tailor-made concepts, service standards and designs to appeal to differing target customer bases in public, hospitality and banqueting areas.
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The BRIT Awards 2014 will be held at The O2 in London on Wednesday 19th February and will be broadcast live on ITV.