It’s a MAD world…

when you love what you do and you do what you love.

Mr Mozz

Photo: Tom Arber


Last weekend I found myself at 7 am driving down to London with Sally, the boot of our Volvo V60 full of equipment and staring down at a 20 hour day.  Sounds a bit mental but when you’re doing something you love it’s all good.

This is my fourth year with the MADS and every year it gets better and better. When I think back at the first one it’s soo quaint and low key.  Each year the MADS have gone from strength to  strength.  More glitz. More glamour. More excitement. I just love everything about it. This  year the swank-o-meter was cranked up to 11 as the MADS were held at the uber swanky Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.  Soo swanky I couldn’t find my food when I ordered room service! Who knew they keep the food in a box under the trolley at 5 star hotels? Not me is the answer (cue a minute of head scratching wondering if they’d forgotten my omelette.)

We got to London and the Parentdish offices around 11am and loaded up our Volvo even more with boxes (it’s amazing how much you can pack into the V60!) that had been delivered there throughout the week and then headed over to the Royal Garden Hotel.  We were supposed to follow a taxi which was also loaded up with MADS boxes but we lost them fairly quickly- at one point there were 5 identical taxis and no way to keep track of ours- luckily I had my phone with me and the satnav on there got us to the hotel in no time at all.


Photo: Tom Arber

The rest of the day was a blur of  work and then it was time to get into our glad rags and paaaaaahtay! In reality it was more like look like you’re having an amazing time while making sure everything is going smoothly and try not to inadvertently be rude to anyone while your head is on a million and one things.  I think I managed it OK- I even got to go on the surfboard simulator a couple of times so that was fun! The food was amazing. The awards fun, exhilarating and heart-warming all at the same time.

Because I’m behind the green curtain and I see how much work and effort it takes to put on something like this I am so proud to be a part of it all. It warms the cockles of my heart to see people having an amazing time. I love to see people who usually only connect via the  internet come together and hug and smile and cry and laugh and and and!!

I want to thank Sally for being the brilliant amazing person she is and organizing this event every year! Parentdish! We wouldn’t be able to do it without them!!  And all the sponsors for making it such a fab night for all the finalists.

And to top it all off I got to shake my tail feathers w/ Mr Mozzarella at the Just Eat after party!