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November 2, 2009

Sodexo Prestige releases Open Championship Hospitality results from Turnberry 2009

Sodexo Prestige today released their results from The Open Championship Hospitality held at Turnberry. The catering company was delighted with their results at Turnberry this year, where guests of official corporate hospitality at the 2009 Open Championship were treated to a real ‘taste of Scotland’ with menus highlighting their Scottish provenance.


Considerable investment went into creating a new standard in sporting hospitality with designer marquees, top class hostesses, a business centre and private gardens on site.


Sodexo Prestige operated various styles of catering at Turnberry including public restaurants, VIP Hospitality and catering for the world’s media. On the Championship days Sodexo served over 3000 freshly prepared meals, with 35 chefs, 20 managers and up to 120 staff on-site. The catering and hospitality events team were on-site for 14 days setting up, operating and taking down after the Championship. With the site being operational between 5.30 - 21.00 and all deliveries requiring to be completed before 6.30am each day, chefs were on-site at 4am to greet the delivery vehicles. For the 2009 Open Championship, 70% of Prestige Scotland’s staff were recruited locally in Ayr through the job centre and local colleges, similar practices will occur again for the 2010 Open Championship in St Andrews.


In the public areas at Turnberry over 21,000 hot drinks were served, 8,000 bacon baps devoured, 55,000 pints of beer sunk, 807 bottles of champagne uncorked, 1200 shots of whiskey poured, 7,000 chocolate bars eaten and 33,000 soft drinks enjoyed. Sodexo Prestige worked closely with Visit Scotland to celebrate the Homecoming in the public catering and hospitality areas. The Taste of Scotland bar offered local seafood, pates, terrines and meats, while more formal menus specifically chosen Highland beef, Perthshire berries, Shetland salmon and Border lamb, along with delicious Arran cheeses, chutneys and oatcakes.


These figures look to be surpassed in 2010, with The Open Championship returning to ‘The Home of Golf’ - St Andrews to commemorate 150 years of the Championship. To mark this historic occasion, The Official Hospitality team will reveal a unique programme of events and packages, ensuring that The Championship is equally remembered as a celebration of fine dining with Scottish produce at the forefront of this.


Sue Creed, Director of Events for Sodexo Prestige, commented “2010 is a very special year, when The Open Championship celebrates its 150th anniversary. You are about to witness one of golf’s greatest spectacles and you can make this an occasion never to be forgotten with The Open Championship Official Hospitality. From the moment you arrive here in the ‘auld grey toon’ you can relax, knowing that you are in the hands of professionals both on and off the course.”




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