The prestigious music award ceremony was set to take place on Thursday but was postponed following the death of the Queen.
As will be the case with many other events facing sudden cancellation, it meant there was a huge amount of food going spare – about 500 gourmet meals. And thanks to the Prioritise Pleasure artist, who is up for the award with the likes of Little Simz, Harry Styles and Sam Fender, they will now be dished out by homeless outreach group Under One Sky this weekend.
It all started when Self Esteem, real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor, tweeted: “DONATE THE FUCKING FOOD” and posted a callout on Twitter to find someone with the storage facilities to take it on. Event organisers had not publicly stated their plans for the unused food but the positive side of social media swung into action.
The appeal found its way to Amrit Maan, owner of Punjab in Covent Garden, who immediately got in touch with Taylor. Punjab is the UK’s oldest north Indian restaurant and works with numerous homelessness charities, including Under One Sky, so was the perfect fit.
“We have staff in the kitchen into the early hours so we despatched a van and a manager and an assistant to pick it up from Hammersmith,” Maan told the Big Issue. “We got 17 trays of chicken breast, potatoes and veg.”