Eat to the Beat caters for Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

24 May 2016 by
Eat to the Beat caters for Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

Eat to the Beat (ETTB) catered for the Queen's 90th birthday celebration at Windsor Castle earlier this month.

The contract caterer, which is part of Global Infusion Group, was appointed to supply catering services to participants and backstage crew for the four-day event.

HPower Group coordinated the birthday celebrations which coincided with the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show, and was broadcast live on ITV on 15 May, hosted by Ant and Dec.

Mary Shelley-Smith, ETTB's global operations director (pictured), said: "We were immensely honoured to be selected to cater for such a prestigious occasion. It was a massive job for us which required being on site at Windsor Castle for six weeks.

"Our 50 strong ETTB crew under the direction of event manager Lyn Smith produced 35,000 meals during the build-up and for the event itself."

ETTB's chefs, led by head chef Blaise Vasseur, worked in a 400 sq m temporary kitchen and served meals in two dedicated temporary dining areas.

Nick Brooks-Ward of HPower said: "Mary Shelley-Smith and the entire Eat to the Beat and Global Infusion Group team were simply amazing. They produced 1,900 meals every day and met every challenge that we threw at them. They went far and beyond what we expected from them, and everyone has commented on how excellent their food and service was."

Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins and Gary Barlow were among those who sang on a night of equestrian, military and musical displays in Windsor Castle's grounds and actors including Dame Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis narrated historic moments from the Queen's life.

The Queen was joined at the event by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The show included 900 horses, a dancing Shetland pony, a pantomime horse and a pantomime corgi as well as 1,500 performers.

The Queen's birthday was on 21 April and more celebrations will take place next month on her official birthday.

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