And so began our secret mission - birthday celebrations for our mischievous and talented chef! The difficult part was keeping Chef Tony out of the kitchen and unaware of any type of preparation. Our fearless station leader Mark began the proceedings by making contact and corresponding with The Norwich City Football Club. Chef Tony is a hardcore Norwich supporter. As their number one fan, he gets up at one, two, three, even four AM to listen to a match.
The next phase was made possible by Greg, our comms guru, who downloaded BBC Radio Norwich to listen to for the day, the FA Cup final and Quadrophenia to watch that evening.
The decorations and cake arrangements were taken care of by Patty who waited in the shadows hiding next to the toilets for our chef to go to bed! Finally, and after a great deal of waiting, 0130 arrived! The decorations were able to go up and the making of the birthday cake began, with the finishing touches finally placed on the cake at 0700. In the morning, noises continued in the kitchen. Chris awoke to make the chef breakfast in bed and at 0830 the chef was stirred from his sweet slumber to bacon and eggs, toast, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.
A notice was placed by our ‘Fearless Leader’ that Thursday 9 May was now formally ‘Norwich Day'! A day off for all in celebration of the chef’s birthday.
In the evening we gathered around the bar to watch the chef open his presents a pro-street toy car, a new kiddies drink bottle, an amazing handcrafted wooden mug made by Dave and the present Mark had worked so hard to acquire - a happy birthday letter from the manager of the Norwich Football Club, Mr Chris Hughton, and a happy birthday letter from the captain of the Norwich Football Team, Mr Grant Holt.
We continued the celebrations with a delicious BBQ, beverages, good tunes, a Norwich chocolate mud birthday cake and a movie to finish the day off.
Happy birthday chef Tony! You're one in a gazillion!