The Global Infusion Group (GIG) catered for hundreds of celebrities at the 21st National Television Awards, which took place at London’s O2 Arena on 20 January.
The group’s corporate and private party planning, catering and event design division, named GIG…fyi (Feeding Your Imagination) was busy serving food and drink behind the scenes, while stars of the small screen celebrated their achievements on stage.
This was the 13th consecutive year the firm was appointed by production company Indigo Television to provide hospitality for both celebrities and backstage crew.
GIG…fyi provided fully serviced bars and canapés of smoked salmon with pickled fennel salad on potato cake and ham hock terrines served on edible spoons for the 800 VIP guests at the pre-show.
It was followed by a Champagne reception with bowl food comprising of braised beef cheek, miso sesame salmon and tomato and saffron risotto as well as salt and pepper prawn and smoked chicken canapés. Desserts included lemon posset with shortbread and salted caramel chocolate mousse with honeycomb.
Katy Turner, operations manager for GIG…fyi, said: “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to work at the National Television Awards feeding some of the biggest names in the TV and entertainment world. Operationally it is a challenge with so many areas running at once that sees 70 staff on site at the ceremony serving over 2,000 canapes and 2,400 bowls of food.”
The 2016 awards were hosted by Dermot O’Leary, and big winners included Downton Abbey, EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing.
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were named best TV presenters for the 15th year running, while Billy Connolly received a Special Recognition Award for his career, which has spanned five decades.
Global Infusion Group won the Event Caterer of the Year Award at the 2015 Foodservice Cateys.