Sandwiches fit for the future king and queen of England

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 10:22 09/04/2014
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ROYAL REFRESHMENTS: Cambridge caterer Kim Lee with what could be on offer for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Judy Waters left, Alison Foers, Clare McClunie, Heather Hollowaye, Kim Lee, Pieta Ward, Jenny Stewart.

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Simple sandwiches are on the menu when the Duke and Duchess roll into Cambridge this Saturday on their royal tour, but a few tasty additions will provide a feast made in finger food heaven.

Prince William and Catherine, the duchess, will take a 15-minute break on the Cambridge leg of the tour to sample the wares of one of the town's finest foodies, Kim Lee and her team at Gourmet Delicious.

Waipa District Council regularly uses them and asked they serve up a princely snack and Lee said it was a chance they could not pass up.

"We'd been asked prior to cater for the VIPs and at the beginning of [last] week, we were asked to cater for them," she said.

"It was a bit of excitement and a real privilege."

The royals have ordered a few sandwiches and water but Lee was reluctant to reveal the filling or divulge the full menu and remained coy as to any extras they might add.

"That's all they have said and we can do whatever we like after that as long as we include simple sandwiches."

William and Catherine will eat in private at the Cambridge Town Hall while the royal entourage of 15 people and VIPs will be hosted by council.

More than 70 people were expected at the lunch.

Lee whipped up a batch of banana and salted caramel cakes with marscapone cream filling to show what might be on offer and said they would take the event in their stride.

Her team was flown to London in 2012 to cook for some of New Zealand's best athletes at the summer games and their services were in hot demand.

"We pitch high all of the time," said Lee.

"We've catered for the Olympic rowing team during the Olympics so we're used to having a bit of pressure on."

Gourmet Delicious has three fulltime staff but brought on seven casuals to cover the workload for the day. Everything is to be made fresh and ready to eat.

"It will be very early, very early because it will be a particularly busy day because we are feeding the Prime Minister in the afternoon as well and a wedding previously booked in.

"It will be a very early start but we are used to that." elton.smallman@waikatotimes.co.nz

More royal visit coverage, pages 6 & 7.

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