June was a busy month for us. Not only did we add two new starters to our sales team, we also sponsored the Chef Team of the Year Award at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards in Manchester. Paul, our managing director, attended the event to present the award and the rest of the office waited to hear how it went.
A black-tie carnival atmosphere pervaded Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, replacing the usual boisterous nature of a football match. With acrobats, fire breathers and mascots welcoming the 450 guests, the air of anticipation was tinged with excitement for the upcoming awards.
Amid a sea of suits, tuxes and evening wear for the ladies (you can’t help but notice these things when you’re in the corporate clothing industry!) glasses of fizz and canapes were served by waiting staff in Manchester bee aprons provided by Corprotex. We selected a relaxed yet bold Berkeley bib apron and apron suspenders from Chef Works, and they looked great.
As everyone moved into the hall, a fantastic view of the pitch came into focus, really setting the stage for a wonderful evening. A Sky Sports presenter compèred throughout the night as stunning food from the Etihad Stadium chefs was enjoyed.
Paul started to feel his nerves as the Chef Team of the Year Award drew near. With cooking demonstrations from the nominated teams prior to the award, the Manchester City chefs shone in their classic, Manchester bee embroidered Hartford chef coats provided by Corprotex (also from the Chef Works line). It all went off without a hitch and it was great to see the host (and our client) Manchester City winning, with Everton awarded silver and West Ham bronze.
The evening’s dessert happened to be the dish that won Manchester City the Chef Team of the Year Award during the cook off, which was a nice touch.
After the awards, Paul joined the rest of the revellers at the after party for a few hours, other guests staying into the wee hours of the morning.
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