George Clooney's The Real Dish of the Day at Tigerlily


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Just in case you missed him, here is a photo of the Hollywood star that joined us for a secret lunch before speaking at the Scottish Business Awards at the EICC last Thursday.
Three of our lovely waitresses became the envy of women around the world after they spent the day in close contact with the lovely George Clooney.

Waitresses Hannah Stevens, Abigail Banks and Ursula Giltenane were picked from our team of staff at Tigerlily to serve George at the invite-only lunch.

Hannah said: “It was a real thrill to be asked to serve Mr Clooney and we were all a bit nervous.
“He was so courteous and pleasant all the way through the meal.
“He looked so relaxed and was happy to chat to everyone.
“He also said the food was lovely and he thanked us for looking after him so well.”

Around 25 guests were invited to the secret lunch, including Heather McGowan who won a charity competition organised by Social Bite & ITISON to win a lunch date with George.
Our guests enjoyed a Scottish-themed five course lunch, including salt aged Inverurie beef carpaccio, pan-fried Scrabster cod and Scottish specialist cheeses paired with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.  The menu was created by Helen Robertson, our Food Development Director and our head chef, Curtis Williams.

Helen said: “We spent months planning the menu and tried various ideas and dishes.
“We wanted to provide a menu that showcased the best of Scottish produce and local suppliers.
“We heard he finished all the courses and was full of praise for the dishes.”

The secret lunch was organised as part of a series of events involving George Clooney as part of his support for social venture Social Bite. Social Bite operates a café in Rose Street and five of their chefs joined the Tigerlily team to work on preparing and serving the menu.

As well as the lunch, we also had a number of VIPs taking part in the Scottish Business Awards staying the night, including host, comedian Rob Brydon, TV’s Chris Evans and his wife Natasha, cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy and business guru Sir Tom and Lady Hunter.

Our Managing Director David Wither said: “We have been fortunate to welcome a number of celebrities and well-known names into our units, but George Clooney pretty much is as big as it gets.
“While we are always delighted to welcome VIPs in normal circumstances, in this case it was a really pleasing to play host to such a superstar visitor as well as helping such a great cause as Social Bite.
We also heard from our staff that he said we had ‘quite a place’ in Tigerlily, so that was great to hear.
“There was a great buzz around the place – not least from our staff who were itching to get a chance to be near him or serve him.

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