Our team at Manchester City Academy Stadium pulled out all the stops last week, catering for the women’s EURO 2022 – their biggest event to date.
The stadium, home to Manchester City Women’s Football Club, hosted three group games throughout July, with an average of 4500 excited fans from across Europe loudly cheering on their teams.
Head chef Chris Gray and sous chef Darren Chapman were tasked with creating a memorable experience for 170 VIPS at each match, bringing their experience and innovation to life with an impressive menu including:
- Canapes of chipotle Cumberland sausages wrapped in bacon, cep mushroom puree crostinis and whipped feta, pine nut and honey mini tartelettes.
- Chef’s table display with dressed salads, antipasti platters, slow-cooked topside of beef with crushed mustard potatoes and garlic kale, and fillet of hake with dill caper lemon dressing.
Whilst VIPs enjoyed the five-star hospitality in the executive suite, chefs Matt O’Neill and Daniel Draper oversaw the stadium’s four concessions. Spectators enjoyed slow cooked shredded beef, caramelised onion and rocket baguettes and nachos with pulled barbecue jackfruit. With queues forming for the much-loved Cissy Greens curried chickpea and steak pies, served with skin-on rosemary fries.
Feasting continued after the game with visitors tucking into post-match snacks including Chris’ Cumberland sausage rolls, mini chickpea pies and a selection of Carron Lodge cheese. Sweet treats, sourced from local Manchester traders included mini tiered Victoria sponges, Dotties Pantry caramel truffles and oat cream peach Eton Mess.
Managing director, Jeremy Wood said: “It was a regional team effort to cater on such a grand scale for what was an incredible three days of match day hospitality. The chef team created an exceptional food experience for the fans and VIP guests and managed the complicated logistics of all three events with fine precision. I am extremely proud of the whole team”.