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Amadeus launches new Bento Bowls lunch concept

Award winning caterer Amadeus has launched an innovative new lunch concept – Bento Bowls – at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham; both companies are part of the NEC Group.
Executive Head Chef Simon Hellier is always looking for new ways to surprise and delight clients and delegates at the UK’s leading conference venue.  Simon’s most recent innovation is the introduction of Bento Bowls, as an alternative lunch option for executive meetings at the ICC. Derived from the Japanese Bento Box concept, these Bento Bowls provide a three course meal that is beautifully presented and offers a refined alternative to the more traditional buffet lunch.

The Bento Bowls are served from the top down, with starter at the top, main course in the middle and dessert at the bottom – all of the dishes are served cold. The main ingredients are British and where possible sourced locally, in keeping with Amadeus’ commitment to food provenance.  Bespoke menus can be created and tailored to individual client needs.

For the launch the menu comprised of:
Native lobster and Scottish smoked salmon timbale served with a yuzu jelly and seaweed crumble to start. A choice of British beef fillet cooked two ways – in a water bath to the perfect cooking temperature and then seared – served on a bed of beetroot and pickled mushrooms with a truffle mousse, Goats cheese served with pineapple variation and fresh apricot ketchup, or British asparagus served with a pea mousse, heritage tomato and a lemon foam for main course. Followed by vanilla panacotta with a raspberry quenelle dressed with dehydrated raspberries and a raspberry jelly for dessert.

Executive Head Chef for Amadeus at the ICC, Simon Hellier says: “We are delighted to be able to offer clients yet another catering option to choose from when holding their event at the ICC. We work with clients to understand their requirements and then create bespoke menus tailored to their budget, theme, volumes, dietary requirements and taste. We are passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on creating innovative and exciting new concepts to ensure that we are at the forefront of event catering.”

General Manager for Amadeus at the ICC, Martin Davies says: “The ICC has long been recognised as an industry leader in event catering due to its determination to constantly push boundaries. Simon introduced The Definitive Collection – the country’s first on the spot choice banqueting menu for up to 1800 people. The ICC is not only a leading light for banqueting in the UK – chefs from convention centres around the world visit to see what they can learn.”

Martin continues: “Catering is an important part of any event, and the Amadeus catering team at the ICC works closely with clients to ensure their catering needs are met and delegate expectations are exceeded every time.”

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