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GIG…fyi cater to the stars at National Television Awards

GIG…fyi cater to the stars at National Television Awards

Stars and VIPs attending the National Television Awards on Wednesday (January 25) were entertained with mouth-watering food and refreshments by the team of GIG…fyi who were catering the event for the 15th successive year.

Global Infusion Group’s bespoke corporate & private party planning, catering and event design division was appointed by the show’s production house, Indigo Television, to co-ordinate VIP hospitality at O2 London for the awards evening hosted by Dermot O’Leary and broadcast live on ITV.

GIG…fyi (feeding your imagination) not only provided delicious canapés, bowl food, desserts and served drinks to hundreds of nominees and guests but also kept the back-stage crew and technicians well fuelled too – serving up over 1,850 meals during the build-up and on the day of the show.

GIG…fyi was responsible for feeding 500 nominees at a pre-show reception, 550 guests in the Star Treatment Room as well as providing food and drinks for 800 VIPs who attended the after show party.

In addition also provided refreshments for 50 artists and presenters in the Green Room and 100 journalists in the Press Room.

Among the big winners on the night were the cast of Emmerdale who won Best Serial Drama; Ant and Dec won the Best TV Presenter award for the 16th consecutive year; Mary Berry was voted Best Judge for her role in Great British Bake Off while Graham Norton received a Special Recognition award for his 20-year career in the spotlight. Sarah Lancashire took the award for Best Drama Performance for Happy Valley.

A 12 strong team of chefs from GIG…fyi created a menu to set the taste buds tingling supported by 36 waiters and bartenders.

There were pre-show canapés of rare beef on a wasabi sourdough croute with pickled ginger and Paprika chicken on flatbread with roasted red pepper hummus. Post-show there were canapés of mini crab cakes with spring onion & tomato chutney along with wild mushroom & truffle arancini with a lemon & smoked paprika aioli.

Bowl food included haggis with neeps & tatties; sweet soy & sesame chicken with tender stem broccoli & edamame beans; herb crusted cod with parsnip chips & pea puree and a saffron, pine nut & spinach risotto.

Desserts consisted of chocolate & orange mousse with whiskey and scottish berry brûlée.

Katy Turner, GIG…fyi’s Operations Manager said: “The National Television Awards are THE big night of the year and we are thrilled that once again Indigo have entrusted us to cater this wonderful occasion. It’s a massive logistical challenge for us on the night as we need to cater large numbers in different areas around O2 London but after successfully catering this event for 15 years we know absolutely what is required, and to deliver an exceptional high standard of cuisine in keeping with such a high-profile event.”

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