|HRH The Prince of Wales in the Telford Theatre|
HRH’s lecture examined a variety of themes surrounding civil engineering and sustainability. Afterwards, a buffet lunch was offered to attendees while HRH was introduced to a number of people for further discussion.
In the evening we were delighted that The Princess Royal graced us again with her presence at RedR’s Annual Patrons’ and Corporate Supporters Drinks Reception. The event is held to welcome new Patrons and to thank those who have given their time and support over the previous year. HRH has been President of the charity, which trains aid workers and provides skilled professionals to humanitarian programmes worldwide, since 1988 and as such has attended many other prestigious RedR events held at One Great George Street.
Certificates were presented in our Great Hall to recognise three new Patrons after which HRH met a number of those present at a drinks reception in our most magnificent room which will be the main press working area when One Great George Street becomes the London Media Centre during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
That’s it for now, got to dash. Who knows, I could have another celebrity or royal family member booking sat in my email inbox!
It is finally here, the long awaited Olympic year. I will be blogging about all things Olympics around Westminster in future blogs but for now wanted to introduce you to a member of my team. Here is a guest blog post from Aoife Hanly…
You may be wondering why there is a picture of a show jumper on this blog. Well that’s me, admittedly a while back, well….quite a while ago really, jumping a competition at Windsor. You may be wondering what the significance is here though. Well, I just wanted to share with you my passion for horses and although Coppa, my horse in the photo is now semi-retired, part of my VERY early morning routine is to care for him at his stable every day come rain or shine.
Welcome to the first chef’s Blog from the kitchens at One Great George Street in Westminster or OGGS as we are often fondly referred to by our regulars. My name is David Wilkinson and it has been my pleasure to have been the head chef here for the past 11 years, where I have lucky enough to see the business develop from promising but fairly modest beginnings into the highly professional, flexible and articulate organization that we operate today.
I came to OGGS in June 2000 with the best part of 20 years experience in 5 Star hotels behind me but even with Intercontinental hotels, The Savoy and Claridges included on my resume, I have to say that this has been the most rewarding and stimulating job I have ever had. The photo below is of The Savoy kitchen team taken back in 1985, yes I am that old and I am somewhere in the back, you will have to take my word for it.
As a stand alone venue with dedicated, in-house catering, we are in complete control of every aspect of the operation from the suppliers we use to the moment the food arrives on the plate, and everything in between. The advantage of course for our customers is that because we are not governed by restrictive corporate or contractual limitations, it gives us unique flexibility.
All this flexibility and autonomy would of course be for nothing without the right team to make it work. A kitchen is only as good as the people working in it and I am privileged to say that I work with the most fantastic team. It would be difficult to imagine a more diverse group of characters with people from as far a-field as the Philippines, Singapore, the Caribbean, South Africa, Poland and Slovakia. I’ve even got someone from Birmingham!! Before I forget, we are currently recruiting for a Senior Chef de Partie so do let me know if you know suitable candidates.
In future Blogs I will fill you in with details! I’ll tell you more about the team, the food, unusual functions and maybe name drop some VIP guests! There is also so much to talk about and discuss in this Jubilee and Olympic year and the challenges and opportunities it brings to a conference venue in Westminster with proud responsibility for hosting the London Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Until then thank you for reading the first chefs Blog.
I am pleased to let you know that the winner of our recent competition is ….. silence ….. drum roll ….. silence ….. Zara Brooks from Ernst & Young.
Please contact Anna as soon as possible to arrange for delivery and congratulations to you! We have another great competition in mind for quarter one 2012 so keep an eye on our Seasonal Offer page and OGGSVenue twitter account for details.
By the way, may as well take this opportunity to wish all my 2011 loyal blog followers and all our clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Many of you would have received our Christmas e-card already if your are on our mailing list. Here it is if subscribing to our quarterly newsletter is still on your ‘to do’ list for 2011…in which case time is running out to get it done before the end of the year.
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