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Having been with Payne & Gunter for over three decades, I like to think of myself as a seasoned pro. However, each event brings a different brief and challenge to the table, which more than keeps me on my toes.
Won't leave home without: My team because without them I can’t do my job. Then there’s my hydrating lip balm so I can always crack a smile when welcoming our wonderful guests.
Memorable event: The Ryder Cup Team dinner, hosted in Cardiff Castle in 2011. As a Welsh girl I was incredibly proud of the amazing local Welsh food on display.
Favourite event type: Large-scale outdoor events with high-end hospitality - when the British weather behaves.
All-time favourite dish: My family’s farm-bred Welsh-mountain rack of lamb.
Team titbit: As a farmer’s daughter I love going home to our family farm, putting on my wellies and getting my hands dirty.
King of the kitchen
Job purpose: As Executive Chef, I create culinary experiences for our clients from street food to fine dining - all showcasing the amazing produce the UK has at its fingertips.
Won't leave home without: I can’t leave home without my phone, especially my Notes app for jotting everything down.
Memorable event: Cooking for the Queen and the royal family at Royal Ascot.
Favourite event type: Greenfield marquee events in the great British outdoors.
All-time favourite dish: Roast leg of pork with crispy crackling and allotment veg.
Team titbit: As the Young Chef Ambassador for The Craft Guild of Chefs, I love mentoring students and young chefs to help them thrive in this great industry.
Lady of logistics
Won't leave home without: Call me old-fashioned but a pencil with a rubber on the end – it’s how I keep up with all the changes.
Memorable event: It has to be my first BRIT Awards. It’s such a privilege that we are still their caterer of choice more than 15 years later.
Favourite event type: Awards dinners are a fantastic way to recognise talent and celebrate people’s achievements.
All-time favourite dish: My husband’s seafood risotto
Team titbit: I had the pleasure of working on the QE2 for two years
Won't leave home without: My phone. As we are out and about so much it’s essential to stay in touch, plus it’s a great source of information.
Memorable event: My first corporate dinner in the Whit Tower at the Tower of London. Beautiful, historic and operationally a bit of a tall order.
Favourite event type: Any new event that Introduces me to something a bit different in an unusual setting
All-time favourite dish: As a self-confessed chocoholic, anything with chocolate.
Team titbit: With a degree in Geographical Science I rarely get lost at events and know my way round many a kitchen!
Won't leave home without: My Leatherman penknife to snag any loose ends and ensure every event is a cut above the rest.
Memorable event: I will never forget the Beckham’s World Cup Party in 2000 that they held in their home.
All-time favourite dish: Duck spring rolls
Team titbit: In August 2017 I cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for charity - almost 1,000 miles in under two weeks!
Won’t leave home without: As the ultimate sales professional it must be my laptop – you never know when a client needs a cost proposal for a last-minute banqueting event!
Memorable event: It has to be the London Olympics 2012 at French ‘Hospitality House’, Old Billingsgate
Favourite event type: Corporate hospitality
All-time favourite dish: Any dish belonging to the tradition of Lyonnais cuisine
Team titbit: I have inadvertently become a spotter of ornamental pineapples in obscure places and as a part-time professional wordsmith, I enjoy writing foodie reviews – I like to think of myself as quite the culinary critic.
Motivated management trainee
As graduate management trainee I’ve been thrown in the deep end in the best possible way. Every day is exciting and different whether it involves sales, marketing, operations or contributing to event management.
Won’t leave home without: It may sound strange but a hair tie and a pen. Both very needed during busy events!
Memorable event: My first event with P&G at the Natural History Museum. The way we transformed the venue for a corporate dinner was just spectacular.
Favourite event type: Corporate dinners
All time favourite dish: A good Italian pasta dish
Team titbit: As a foodie I love cooking (especially baking!) with family and friends to try out new exciting dishes.
Yogi the Dog
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