At home this Christmas with CGC

As the year draws to a close and we run the last of our Christmas parties, (our final ones being at Ponds Forge for 580 guests, and one at Beverley Racecourse for 71 tonight!) we thought we’d ask some of our team what they do for Christmas when they’re not busy serving the almost 30,000 guests that attended one of our parties throughout the festive period this year…

Where are you having Christmas this year?

I’ll be at my mum and dad’s in Todmorden with 22 others including my brother, sister, nieces & nephews.

Who does the cooking in your house?

We all share this (I compile the production list for all – by spreadsheet of course!)

What are your Christmas day traditions?

On Christmas eve we attend a carol service with the kids, then a a few of us head back to ours for pulled pork sandwiches & and some booze, bed by midnight (hopefully). We also leave a mince pie, whiskey and a carrot for Santa & Rudolph.

On the big day we’re up at 4am! Drink & karaoke, I usually begin with an Elvis song…

What are you looking forward to most in the New Year?

Getting the new F&B teams settled down and working on new projects with them.

What has been your work highlight this year?

The Offshore Europe event up in Aberdeen and generally working between the CGC & AECC teams. Another highlight for me was the mobilisation of Nottingham’s Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, as well as seeing Paul Malley take on the acting Head of F&B role at Manchester Arena  with  great success!

Where are you having Christmas this year?

This Christmas I’ll be at my partner’s sister’s house with his mum and dad, her twin boys and daughter.

Who does the cooking in your house?

We all take on a different trimming, this year I have the job of cooking the turkey!

What are your Christmas day traditions?

We don’t really do anything out of the ordinary – eat lunch, open pressies then play games. No TV! as we all fall asleep.

What are you looking forward to most in the New Year?

I’m really looking forward to having a break and going away to the lake district  – I’m not really a “Christmassy” person as I don’t enjoy the commerciality of it.

What has been your work highlight this year?

Working with my team, they have been brilliant!

Where are you having Christmas this year?

At home, our youngest son will be back from uni and the in-laws will be coming over.

Who does the cooking in your house?

I do, I really enjoy cooking Christmas dinner! I put myself in the kitchen and listen to the radio.

What are your Christmas day traditions?

We don’t have any particular traditions, we have family over for lunch and then watch a film and just generally relax.

What are you looking forward to most in the New Year?

On a personal level; we’ve got a holiday to Florida booked with family at the end of the year. Professionally; we’ve got three really big Asian weddings coming up with numbers of about 500 at each, so that will be something a bit different for the team, and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.

What has been your work highlight this year?

The amount of weddings we’ve done, all of which have been to a very high standard. We’ve done just over 30 and they all went really well. A stand out one for me was a wedding we did Ilkley way. The marquee positioning was right on top of a hill so the setting was really lovely, they then had windows on 3 sides which is quite unusual, so all the guests will have got excellent panoramic views, and then the décor that was provided was great. All of the elements complemented each other really well.

Where are you having Christmas this year?

Christmas will be at home in Shadwell.

Who does the cooking in your house?

Andrew, my partner, and I usually both do the cooking, two chefs cooking Christmas dinner… you’re always going to be well fed!

What are your Christmas day traditions?

I’m always up first, like a child on Christmas morning I can’t wait! Itching to open my presents.

Kettle on (or a nice glass of fizz) then pressie time, I love it, I’m a great present buyer and I love to look at people’s faces when they open their presents! We then get dressed and go to my brothers for breakfast and cocktails, we usually go to the local pub in Shadwell afterwards. One year we stayed too long and burnt the dinner! After dinner when we can’t move, we slob out in front of TV, it just doesn’t get any better. Merry Christmas!

What are you looking forward to most in the New Year?

A very well earned rest. Andrew and I are having a week off and going on an adventure to the west coast of Scotland, it’ll be freezing but we’re really looking forward to it.

What has been your work highlight this year?

One of my highlights is always the Airshow, I always feel a great sense of achievement afterwards. I’ve also been working at Leeds first direct arena from November, going in on their busiest period has been a challenge but also very satisfying. The restaurant is busier than ever before and we’re having some fantastic feedback about the food and service.

Where are you having Christmas this year?

At my in-laws’ house in sunny Stockport, with my wife, two children, my wife’s parents, brother and grandparents. It’s a motley crew!

Who does the cooking in your house?

If Christmas was at my house it would be me doing the cooking, although I’ll leave it to my father in law and brother in law to fight it out and I’ll avoid any temptation of back seat driving.

What are your Christmas day traditions?

Somewhat different than they used to be, with two young kids involved. The main traditions still revolve around booze though. Early morning Champagne/prosecco and a lunchtime trip to the pub for one too many pints before dinner.

What are you looking forward to most in the New Year?

Another year of seeing my kids grow up and learn the world.

What has been your work highlight this year?

It was very satisfying to bring to market a new bar & restaurant concept; Yarn, in Nottingham – as part of our catering contract at Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall with our partners Castle Rock Brewery. It was also great to see the partnership with chef Colin McGurran and Winteringham Fields come to fruition, with the fine dining events at Beverley Racecourse. Even better that it was part of a large haul of Racecourse Catering Awards rewarding all of the hard work of the CGC team.

We’ve had a successful year to say the least, and the team are looking forward to new endeavours in 2018, so be sure to keep up to date by signing up to our newsletter and following us on Facebook and Twitter. For now, Merry Christmas from all of us here and we hope to see you at an event very soon!