A Cardiff hotel is celebrating Cardiff City FC’s promotion into the Premier League by creating special pizza portraits of some of the club’s heroes.
The four-star Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff commissioned Britain Got Talent’s food artist Nathan Wyburn to create portraits of owner Vincent Tan, manager Malky Mackay and captain Mark Hudson in celebration of the club’s success.
Twenty-three year-old fine art graduate Nathan, who is famous for creating iconic celebrity portraits such as Simon Cowell out of marmite on toast, crafted three ginormous pizza portraits using ingredients from the hotel’s Italian Filini restaurant including tomato puree and vegetables.
As a corporate partner of the football club, the hotel wanted to do something special to mark this historic occasion. The hotel’s General Manager, Jens Hallman, commented: “Cardiff City’s promotion into the Premier League is a huge achievement for the club. The team has made us, its fans, the city and Wales extremely proud and we wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion. Nathan has done an incredible job of creating these pizza portrait masterpieces and I hope the team will see it as a fitting tribute for all of their hard work and dedication over the past season. We can’t wait for next season as we welcome some top flight teams to Cardiff and we look forward to continuing to support the Club in the Premier League.”
Cardiff City FC’s youngest ever match sponsor Molly Evans, 11 and her brother Tom Evans aged 9, were invited into the hotel to enjoy a slice of the celebratory action. Molly, from Penylan in Cardiff, set a Cardiff City record in 2002 when she celebrated her first birthday at Ninian Park and became the youngest ever City match sponsor after her dad Paul Evans, a season ticket holder at the club arranged to sponsor the Cardiff-Wycombe game in his baby daughter’s honour. Tom also sponsored Cardiff-Crewe game for his first birthday in 2005 and was at the Burnley game on Saturday with his dad celebrating Cardiff winning the Championship.
On the pizza and Cardiff City’s recent success, Molly said: “I’m so happy that Cardiff City has made it into the Premier League. Tom and I can’t wait to watch them play teams like Manchester United and Chelsea next season. Pizza is one of my favourite foods so it is great that the Radisson Blu Hotel has done these portraits to celebrate the club’s promotion. They look amazing!”
Since his appearance on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, Nathan Wyburn, from Abergavenny has become renowned for his food art and has since travelled the globe to exhibit his creations. As well as crafting well known faces out of food items, he recently created the face of Baroness Thatcher out of coal, and has previously produced an image of Rupert Murdoch using photos of phone hacking victims. He is this month exhibiting his work in Cardiff’s Queen’s Arcade for charity BulliesOut until the 27th April.
Cardiff City Fans are invited into the hotel to see the three portraits which will be displayed in the Filini Bar on the first floor for the rest of the week.
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