Winners and prize givers

  
2016 Charity Table Setting Competition

We raised 4,357€ for the
Pink Ribbon Foundation!

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Winning Yacht Maltese Falcon 


A huge thank you to all crew who participated and put in such a tremendous effort to create some really stunning table settings, canapes and cocktails.
It was a very close fought competition.  Some categories were particularly difficult to decide upon, since every team brought so much to the competition.

Thank you to Gourmet Deliveries and Home and Yacht Linens and Interiors for their support and generosity with the amazing prizes.

It was a fabulous day out with the esteemed Judges putting their expertise to the test with the marking and eye for detail for each of the elements.   


Amazing prizes from

Gourmet Deliveries & ​Home and Yacht Linens and Interiors 

The winning yachts and categories: 

Best Table: Presentation, accuracy, impact of table.

1st Place: Maltese Falcon
Even our many photographs couldn’t do justice to the visual impact we experienced on seeing the table created by Jennie Nielsson and her team.  A truly breathtaking creation, sensitively and beautifully created to represent the Pink theme associated with cancer awareness.  From the mermaid ice sculptures to live pink jelly fish floating gracefully in glass bowls at either end of the table, to delicate pink and white netting representing the ocean waves as a centerpiece to pearl-studded corals - everything was meticulously executed and the end result, nothing short of fabulous!  And we can’t forget the heartfelt explanation given by Jennie to sensitively describe the meaning behind the setting, which brought some of the judges to tears!  Well done – a truly memorable effort!!

2nd Place Burkut
A beautiful, fun and highly creative table setting representing the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, whose theme was in evidence, even at the passerelle and the foot of the stairs leading to the upper deck.  Created by Katrina Mumford and her team, it was a fabulously original setting with a plethora of gorgeous “Mad Hatter” artifacts and decorative ornaments which made the table a joy to judge, as we found more and more delights at every turn.  We really appreciated the gorgeous, personalized place settings and beautiful themed menu cards, as well as the very pretty napkins. An excellent effort.

3rd Place White Rose of Drachs
A very close third!!  Sladana Semunovic and her wonderful White Rose Angels created an eye-catching and elegant table perfectly representing the “Pink” theme with a beautiful centerpiece of pink orchid sprays creating a real WOW factor on arrival. The story behind the creation was sensitively told by Sladana and beautifully represented by the setting which contained a number of beautiful, inspirational books creatively placed around the table. Had it been used at a charity event for cancer awareness we are sure that contributions from any diners sitting at the table would have been more than generous in appreciation of their surroundings. Both the story and table setting really touched the judges’ hearts. Many thanks to a lovely, happy cohesive team of Angels.

Best Cocktail: Creation/Serving and taste of Cocktail.

1st Place Burkut
“The Love Potion”
The winning cocktail was a scrumptious combination of Gin, egg white, raspberry syrup and fresh lemon, delicately decorated with a sprig of fresh rosemary. A visually pleasing delicately coloured cocktail with a lovely foam on top.  Light, tasty and refreshing.

2nd Place Natori
“Tickle me Pink”
Delicious cocktail composed of watermelon soaked overnight in rosewater syrup, then combined with raspberry vodka and triple sec. The cocktail glass was then delicately decorated with a rosewater syrup and golden sugar and decorated with a slice of lime. Fresh, light and very pretty.

3rd Place Maltese Falcon
“Immersion”
Created and served by Richard Peake, wearing a smart pink shirt.Beautiful combination of Jamieson whiskey, Lychee liquer, fresh lemon, blue Curacao and egg white.  Decorated with pink sugar crystals and a slice of star fruit.  NB We also appreciated the pink bar cloths and container tops used in the bar set-up.

Best Canapés: Variety and taste of Canapes

1st Place Maltese Falcon
A fabulous display of pink-coloured canapes designed and created by chef, Inger Neilsen. Amongst a delicious variety of canapes, we were regaled with pink cornets filled with foie gras mousse, various raw fresh fish delicacies accompanied by avocado mousse and truffle toast and tender shredded beef hors d’ouvres.

2nd Place Lady Nag Nag
A very well-deserved prize awarded to the Lady Nag Nag’s Chief stewardess Brooke Belton and her team for their very pretty pink blouses and floral head dresses – well done to you all and thank you for going the extra mile in this!

3rd Place Natori
Well done to Ella Millington and her crew for their very smart presentation and the lovely pink decorations in their hair to reflect our competition’s theme.  We appreciated the beautifully presented, refreshing cold towels on arrival, their warm elcome and great service throughout our visit.  Well done!


Best Presentation: Presentation and Etiquette of Crew

1st Place White Rose of Drachs
An extremely well turned-out team in crisp, white uniforms with red neckties.  Faultlessly polite and sensitive to all our needs. We really appreciated your obvious love of what you do and the very apparent cohesion within the team. A really lovely atmosphere aboard.  Keep up the great work!!
2nd Place Lady Nag Nag
A very well-deserved prize awarded to the Lady Nag Nag’s Chief stewardess Brooke Belton and her team for their very pretty pink blouses and floral head dresses – well done to you all and thank you for going the extra mile in this!

3rd Place Natori
Well done to Ella Millington and her crew for their very smart presentation and the lovely pink decorations in their hair to reflect our competition’s theme.  We appreciated the beautifully presented, refreshing cold towels on arrival, their warm elcome and great service throughout our visit.  Well done!


Best Overall: Co-ordination of table, canapes and cocktails - Overall interpretation of “Pink” theme representing cancer awareness.

1st Place Maltese Falcon
The Pink theme was perfectly executed throughout and although the cocktail was predominantly blue, it had a lovely pink garnish, and fitted in perfectly with the pink/marine theme of the table.  A fabulous effort by Inger and her interior crew, barman and chef.  This crew set an extremely high bar for future competitors, so we hope others will rise to the challenge!

2nd Place Lady Nag Nag
Our Pink theme was interpreted by Brooke and her interior crew.as “Sunset” reflecting the lovely pink tones of the night sky, This was cleverly continued from the ‘Bodacious Tartare Sunset Ice lolly spritzer to the lovely table with it’s sunset tones to the delicious canapes.  We also appreciated the imaginative menu, thoughtfully created to include ingredients with anti-oxydant properties, known to help combat cancer.

3rd Place White Rose of Drachs
The theme was sensitively interpreted by Sladana and her team of White Rose Angels.  It was carried through beautifully from the White Rose Angel and non-alcoholic Rose-flavoured Royal cocktails to the fabulous, inspiring table setting.   Well done for your wonderful fore-thought and sensitive creation.


Most Fun: Giving us a smile and demonstrating humor.

1st Place Burket
A fun element with the Alice in Wonderland “Mad hatters tea party” theme offered humor from the dock to the table.
Greeted with a themed chair and fun sign post leading us to the wonderful table setting.
So much detail from the large tea cup to the tiniest cupcakes.
Certainly made us all smile. Well done.

2nd Place Natori
With the “tickle me pink” cocktails and the fun Alice in Wonderland theme, Ella did a wonderful job of presenting the “mad hatters” table with a sense of elegant humor. With coordinated earrings for the team, and a fun menu which (included Whiskey Wine gums and “Kids in a sweet store cheese cake”. A lot of thought had gone into this. 

Our Judges for the day

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The Judges are GUEST Approved Trainers and professionals in their field.

The Judges:

  
Lynne Edwards: PYA Council Member and part of the GUEST Exec Committee. Holds and HND in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management, with 10 years on-board yachts and over thirty years’ experience in yacht-related, luxury hotel and villa management divisions. Currently is Senior Training Manager for The Crew Academy
 
 
Peter Vogel: Part of the GUEST Exec Committee and is a Mega yacht, Cruise and hospitality specialist. Currently Managing Director of IYS and has over 21 years working on-board large yachts and cruise ships.
 

Marie Molls: A Charter Broker and Manager at BURGESS and a fully certified MYBA charter broker. With extensive experience in the hotel and travel industry.
 
 
Georgie Vintner:  Part of the GUEST Exec Committee. Trained as a programme leader for Hospitality and Professional Cookery. Is currently the Training Consultant for the Cruise line industry, following her 9 year career as a Chief Stewardess in Yachting.
  
 
Donna Morris: Trained as an Executive Assistance and Hotel Management before a 7-year international career as a Chief Stewardess/Purser on Superyachts. Is currently the CEO of Superyacht Crew International Australia. 


Martin Bender:   A Cocktail and Mixology specialist with over 15 years experience CEO of  “Cocktail Chez Vous” providing  consultancy and boutique event management services to  high profile clients  on the Riviera. An accredited GUEST trainer on behalf of Fine Wine Works.
  

Kate Emery: Founder of Amandine Private Chefs - an agency specialising in the recruitment of chefs in homes, villlas and yachts all around the world. Kate’s overriding passion has always been for food and wine, so much so that she is well on her way to becoming a Master of Wine.

  
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