LEGENDS OF COMMERCIALS PRODUCTION: Catering

JOHN MULLIGAN AND CHRISTOPHER WALTON
Ages 30 and 42
Based at Chow for Now, Sydney, Australia
Daily fees "Expensive"

Career highlights Catering for the entire cast and crew of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - as the largest street event in the world, it presented a logistical challenge. For John, catering for the Sydney leg of the International Siemens Mobile Wave tour stands out as he was able to combine his two greatest passions - surfing and cooking.

Would you believe 2am starts are not uncommon - they often start preparing food two hours before anyone else arrives on location.

What people are saying "They did their training as chefs in the top restaurants in Sydney and took the film world by storm when they arrived on the scene. They have great personalities and their desserts are to die for, Liz Hynard, a booking agent, says.

JAMIE RUSSELL FLINT
Age 39
Based at Reel to Reel, Birkhampstead (just outside London)
Daily fee £26 per head

Career highlights Russell Flint took a Cordon Bleu course in the UK. Reel to Reel went almost exclusively organic five years ago.

Would you believe Russell Flint lost a back wheel off his mobile kitchen as he sped to an early morning job at Stansted Airport. His assistant hitched a ride to Stansted, where he printed out pretend meal vouchers using a business card machine and proceeded to buy breakfast from one of the airport outlets, which he passed off as Reel to Reel's own work.

What people are saying "They are not the cheapest but the food is amazing - and you can always get your eggs done exactly how you want them no matter how many they are catering for, Isabella Parish, a production assistant at Partizan, says.

E.D.
Age 43
Based at Thailand
Daily fee In the region of £500

Career highlights E.D. and Pee Pom have catered on shoots including HSBC, Land Rover, Revels, Nescafe, BT, Orange and John Smith's.

Would you believe Elton John is one of E.D.'s biggest fans: she cooked when Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York were his guests. E.D. is also a commercials producer - she has cut back on the cooking and now supervises the work of her protege, Pee Pom.

What people are saying "The best Thai restaurant that I've ever been to. And she's brilliant for vegetarians, Kevin Thomas, a director at Thomas Thomas, comments.

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