ITV’s Dancing on Ice live grand finale was screened on 11 March 2018 and award-winning caterer Eat to the Beat has been on-hand throughout the series to deliver crew catering services to for the second year in succession.
The popular TV programme was filmed at a purpose-built ice rink and TV studio at Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, just a few miles from Eat to the Beat’s HQ and saw celebrities paired with professional ice dancers to perform figure skating routines in front of a panel of judges, including Olympic skaters, Jane Torville and Christopher Dean.
Eat to the Beat arrived onsite at the beginning of December to serve the show’s crew with nutritious and hearty meals to fuel them through the build. The ice rink and studio were housed within a temporary structure, so everything had to be built from scratch. Crew catering is a modular building built especially for the show and the production team provided Eat to the Beat with power, water and drainage. The caterer has then brought in its own specialist kitchen equipment.
Since the live shows began, Eat to the Beat has been busy serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the crew, celebrity contestants and their professional skating partners, with just shy of 10,000 meals served during the course of the series. What’s more, the site was completely nut-free, so the catering specialist ensured food safety for everyone involved in the production. As always, Eat to the Beat carefully crafted its menus to cater to a wide variety of tastes and dietary requirements.
Mary Shelley-Smith, global operations director at Eat to the Beat, comments: “Working with the team at Dancing on Ice has been a pleasure. Everyone has really enjoyed the catering, feedback from the contestants, presenters and crew has been amazing and it has been brilliant to be a part of this year’s series. We’re already looking forward to 2020.