Chefs descend on Magna for awards ceremony

3 April 2013

More than 200 chefs from all over the UK descended on Magna Science Adventure Centre for an awards ceremony.

The chefs from the contract catering firm Elior watched 15 of their colleagues cook a meal in Magna’s industrial-sized catering kitchen on a giant screen.

Elior’s chefs were joined by Magna’s head chef Paul Childs and sous chef Murray Twigg for the showcase cooking session, before awards were given out to staff.

Elior provides catering at 650 sites across the country including universities, care homes, museums, football stadiums and military establishments.

Justin Johnson, head of HR at Elior, said: “Magna was just an incredible, flexible venue. The events team there were excellent – we had so many demands but nothing seemed to be impossible. Asking for 15 of our chefs to work alongside their head chef didn’t faze them at all.

“The size and diversity of the place also provided an incredible backdrop for our ‘out of this world’ theme. It was an amazing night and delivered at a reasonable cost too.”

Amelia Miles, sales event executive at Magna, said: “Events like this show what a versatile venue we are. We have a kitchen that can cater for up to 750 people and space for big and small gatherings.

“In the last year alone we have hosted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Olympic torch, Warp Films tenth anniversary celebration, wedding receptions and various business events.”

Magna, which is based in the former Templeborough steelworks, near Rotherham, is run as a charity.

As well as being a corporate venue, it is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips and aims to inspire interest in science as well as preserve the history of the area’s steel industry.


Photographs of the event are available on request from Kate Betts.

Amelia Miles can be contacted on 01709 723112 or at

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Magna also boasts outdoor and water play area and is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm.

Full day tickets to Magna include entry to the indoor attraction as well as the Sci-Tek outdoor play area, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play area. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry.

The Templeborough steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001.

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