Helping HM The Queen celebrate her 90th birthday

Eat to the Beat (ETTB) have successfully completed one of their most prestigious assignments ever by catering Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration at Windsor Castle (#HMQ90).

ETTB were appointed to supply catering services to participants and backstage crew for the spectacular event coordinated by HPower Group, the leading organisers of military and national commemorations and celebrations in the UK and worldwide.

Mary Shelley-Smith, ETTB’s Global Operations Director, said: “We were immensely honoured to be selected to cater 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.”

Te celebration, which coincided with the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show, took place over four days with The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration broadcast live on ITV on Sunday, May 15, hosted by Ant and Dec.

A host of stars performed for the Queen at this special event to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday. 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.

ETTB’s chefs, led by head chef Blaise Vasseur, worked in a 400 square metre temporary kitchen and served meals in two dedicated temporary dining areas for event crew and officials. They also produced food for all the stars and participants of the stunning show.

Mary Shelley-Smith added: “I met the Queen during the build up to the event which was quite amazing. She is fantastic, it was such an honour and a memory I will treasure always.”

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.”

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


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