After months of detailed planning Payne + Gunter delivered a new show-stopping menu featuring the best of British ingredients to more than 4,000 guests in less than 75 minutes.
With this year’s BRIT Awards with MasterCard marking the 40th anniversary of punk music, the menu was designed to reflect the influence of the genres movement, and was delivered by a dedicated team of 600 front-of-house employees, along with a brigade of 60 chefs in the kitchen.
Guests enjoyed roasted Wight Isle tomato mousse with Scottish forest mushrooms and shaved truffle to start, followed by a Lake District trio of lamb, including roast best end, pressed salt baked belly and slow cooked rolled shoulder, served with Lincolnshire butternut puree, Berkswell ewe’s cheese, lamb jus and marsh herbs.
The vegetarian option included crushed ratte and sweet potato with chermoula, served with baba ganoush rotolo, parslied polenta cake and Lincolnshire butternut squash.
This year’s dessert saw an Eton Mess reinterpreted using poached Yorkshire rhubarb, vanilla custard, Chantilly cream and meringues, whilst topped with a selection of nostalgic British sweets and a chocolate themed punk Mohican.
VIP guests enjoyed:
- 15,000 glasses
- 1,600 bottles of Champagne
- 5,500kg of ice
- 4,000 bottles of wine
- 10,000 bottles of beer
Bethan James, head of operations at Payne + Gunter, commented: “The BRIT Awards are the pinnacle of the UK’s music scene and it’s a great opportunity for us to use our creativity to reflect the punk theme, whilst delivering an exceptional dining experience for guests. We pride ourselves on using British, seasonal ingredients which have a slight twist, making for a fun and quirky menu befitting for the occasion.”
Maggie Crowe, event director of the BRIT Awards with MasterCard, said: “We’re lucky to have such a fantastic relationship with Payne +Gunter – we enjoy seeing their fun and creative quirks they add to the menu design. Every year, Bethan and her team produce a logistical master class and no matter what requests we ask of them, they always deliver to the highest standard.”
Payne + Gunter is a business of Levy Restaurants UK the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland. The BRIT Awards with MasterCard catering operation is a collaboration between Payne + Gunter and the onsite Levy Restaurants UK team.