Tuesday, 25 May 2010
The glitz and the glamour, another year another BAFTA nomination for the team at The Mill. I may not have mentioned it before on this blog but I actually I work as a Visual effects producer in between the tasty meals I cook and eat.
After last years triumph it was bittersweet defeat for our 2 nominations (Merlin and Dr Who) in the visual effects category, at the hands of Day of the Triffords. We were robbed! ( ok I haven't actually seen it but of course I'd say that)
Ah well, thems the breaks but that doesn't mean it wasn't a fabulous night, Tattinger flowed freely at the reception in the Hilton, overlooking Park Lane and Hyde Park, the sun streaming through the large glass windows. Thank god the false eyelashes covered my melting eye makeup.
Every one looked wonderul, Tuxedos, dinner suits, beautiful ladies dressed up with Eva Peron style hair and me with my fabulous Vivian Westwood for Melissa Blue Dragon Slingbacks. Im so happy I bought them.
The awards started at 7.15pm and as we waited for our category I suddenly felt very nervous, we all felt so deserved and we were, the truth is everyone that was there was and there can only be one winner. I had my fingers crossed for Merlin, the show I produced and have since moved on from. The clip looked great, but they didn't call our name. So what to do, well with 12 bottles of Villa Maria Savingon Blanc and Bourgogne Chardonay on our table there was only one thing.
Dinner was served after the awards three courses in quick succession. To feed a number of people such a this I imagine required a well planned in advance menu and well timed cooking to make sure everyone got a warm meal.
After a few champagnes plus three hours of mingling and awards this starter was more than welcome, we were all starving! The pastry was firm and delicious. The filling was quite nice, and thankfully wasn't overpowered by the mushroom, I prefered the leek in this dish (I'm not such a fan of too many mushrooms :).
Dessert: Wild strawberry souffle and black pepper strawberries with a white chocolate ice cream. The souffle was lovely, bouncy and sweet. To be honest I couldn't pick out the black pepper in the strawberries, but they were lovely of course as was the ice cream. You couldn't go wrong with this really.
The after party included more wine and dancing. The DJ was the same guy as last year, with his distinct wedding style playlist with hits such as Celebration and Sweet Child of mine. To me it just seems like an event you might have a nice swing band, or jazz singer.
Big difference between this year and last year was I danced to the DJ last year, you're alot more accepting when you win.
I was very priviledged to attend this night and for now its back to work to producing visual effects at least until I get a job as a professional restaurant reviewer.