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PERANCIS - Bouillabaisse

Seiring dengan memenangi tujuh pingat tahun ini dalam permainan, orang Perancis juga dipuji kerana hidangan bouillabaisse yang elegan - di luar permainan, iaitu. Persembahan ini klasik Perancis dicipta oleh David Myers di Los Angeles ’Comme Ça.

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AMERIKA - P.J. Clarke's Cadillac Burger

Semasa anda berfikir Amerika, anda mungkin memikirkan Olimpik Ryan Lochte dan Missy Franklin, tetapi kami juga memikirkan klasik Amerika semua: cheeseburger. Ini resipi dari P.J. Clarke's membolehkan anda menikmati burger "Cadillac" apabila anda tidak cukup bernasib baik untuk mengunjungi salah satu lokasi restoran.

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GREECE - Lada Panggang & Penyebaran Feta

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Yunani mungkin menarik perhatian anda dengan pengusiran tiga pelompat tertentu dan komen media sosialnya baru-baru ini, tetapi yang benar-benar mengejutkan kami adalah betapa baiknya penyebaran htipiti tradisional mereka. Kami sayang resipi ini oleh chef Michael Psilakis kerana senang dibuat dan mendapat sepakan masin dari feta.

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AUSTRIA - Wienerschnitzel dengan Salad Kentang Hangat

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GREECE - Lada Panggang & Penyebaran Feta

Yunani mungkin menarik perhatian anda dengan pengusiran tiga pelompat tertentu dan komen media sosialnya baru-baru ini, tetapi yang benar-benar mengejutkan kami adalah betapa baiknya penyebaran tradisional htipiti mereka. Kami sayang resipi ini oleh chef Michael Psilakis kerana senang dibuat dan mempunyai sepakan masin dari feta.

Klik di sini untuk Resepi Lada Panggang & Feta.


London 2012: mengapa memberi makan kepada Phelps dan Bolt adalah prestasi Olympian

Jan Matthews tahu bahawa Usain Bolt suka ayam, dan dia memastikan mendapat banyak. Ketua katering di Olimpik London telah memerintahkan 31 tan unggas untuk membekalkan 24,000 atlet dan pegawai pasukan yang akan turun di Village Olympic musim panas ini. Dan walaupun lelaki terpantas di dunia, yang terkenal dengan sumpah dengan nugget ayam pra-perlumbaan, tidak akan memberikan bekalan itu, Matthews tidak mengambil peluang.

"Kami tidak akan berpaling kepada Usain Bolt dan berkata, 'Anda tidak boleh memiliki ayam lagi'," katanya sambil memikirkan kos selera para olahragawan dan wanita terkemuka di dunia. "Saya masih ingat melihat laporan di Sukan Beijing yang mengatakan bahawa perenang Amerika Michael Phelps sedang makan dua lusin telur untuk sarapan."

Bolt dan Phelps adalah antara atlet yang diharapkan memakan lebih dari satu juta makanan semasa Olimpik dan Paralimpik sebagai sebahagian daripada apa yang telah digambarkan sebagai operasi katering terbesar pada masa damai. Pesaing dijangka memakan 25,000 roti, lebih daripada 82 tan makanan laut, seperempat juta telur dan lebih daripada 330 tan buah dan sayur-sayuran. Ruang makan sahaja memuatkan 5,000 dan cukup besar untuk meletakkan lebih daripada 80 bas London di dalamnya. Pada waktu paling sibuk para koki dijangka menyajikan 65,000 makanan sehari.

Tetapi katering lebih dari sekadar angka. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan betul, Matthews percaya ia akan menjadi sumber keselesaan bagi ribuan anak muda yang mendapati diri mereka jauh dari rumah, sering kali untuk pertama kalinya, dan bahan bakar penting yang akan mendorong atlet mencapai pingat Olimpik dan rekod dunia. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan salah, ia boleh merosakkan Sukan.

"Sekiranya anda mempunyai atlet elit yang menuduh mereka mempunyai keracunan makanan dan mereka tidak dapat bersaing dalam satu perlumbaan yang mereka jalani selama ini, kami harus memastikan bahawa kami telah melakukan semua yang kami dapat yang tidak kami sebabkan itu, "katanya.

Locog, jawatankuasa penganjur London, bahkan telah melantik 130 pegawai kesihatan alam sekitar yang berkelayakan sebagai sukarelawan yang akan "menghadap ke depan" para pelayan di seberang taman "memastikan kita tahu apa yang mereka lakukan". Apa-apa risiko yang dianggap akan dihukum dengan pelekat merah dan ditutup.

Meracuni bintang-bintang pertunjukan adalah mimpi buruk bagi penganjur, tetapi kegembiraan mengenai potensi makanan untuk membantu persembahan Olimpik yang hebat nampaknya mengatasi ketakutan.

Sekurang-kurangnya 800 koki akan memasak untuk atlet 24 jam sehari, tujuh hari seminggu. Setelah berunding dengan atlet dan bekas Olimpik termasuk Jonathan Edwards dan Karen Pickering, dan delegasi dari pasukan terbesar dan terkecil, pihak penganjur telah memutuskan untuk mewujudkan empat "buah" di dewan makan: Asia, Afrika-Caribbean, "terbaik British" dan Mediterranean dan barat.

Pelayan di kampung itu, dari firma multinasional Aramark, telah diminta untuk membuat rancangan masakan khas dari seluruh dunia untuk memastikan hidangan daerah terasa asli. Sebagai contoh, para koki Asia telah menasihatkan bahawa sekurang-kurangnya empat jenis nasi diperlukan untuk disertakan dengan kari dan rempah-rempah hidangan dikalibrasi untuk memastikan rasa hidangan sedekat mungkin dengan masakan rumah.

"Sangat penting bagi seorang atlet yang mungkin tidak berada jauh dari rumah mereka merasa selesa dan mendapat pengiktirafan dalam menghidangkan makanan dari negara asal mereka," kata Matthews, yang telah merasai hampir 1.300 hidangan yang akan ditawarkan. "Ada syarat untuk memastikan resipi tidak dihasilkan sesuai selera kita, tetapi bagaimana mereka mengharapkannya."

Matthews, yang tinggal di luar bandar Worcestershire bersama suami dan anak remaja, sudah biasa dengan peranan ibu pengganti ini. Selama lima tahun dia bekerja di Naafi, organisasi katering Kementerian Pertahanan, dengan tanggungjawab untuk memberi makan 50,000 tentera lapar di lima pasukan pengawal di Jerman.

"Sekiranya mereka tidak mendapat nutrisi yang tepat, mereka tidak akan sesuai untuk menjalani operasi," katanya.

Ketika dia melihat pekerjaan Olimpik, dia menjawab seperti kebanyakan rakannya di masa depan Locog: "Saya berkata kepada suami saya jika saya duduk di sofa di rumah menonton upacara pembukaan dan saya tahu saya mempunyai peluang untuk mengambil bahagian, saya tidak mahu ' Saya telah memaafkan diri saya. "

Tetapi kerumitannya sangat besar. Arab Saudi adalah salah satu daripada lebih dari 50 negara Muslim yang menghantar pesaing yang kemungkinan akan melakukan rundingan puasa Ramadan semasa temasya tersebut. Itu bermaksud makan makanan yang dikenali sebagai suhoor sebelum subuh dan berbuka puasa setelah senja dengan iftar, yang datang pada pukul 8.56 malam pada hari upacara perasmian.

Locog juga akan menyediakan bungkusan makanan khas untuk atlet Muslim untuk berbuka puasa sekiranya mereka bertanding di tempat pada waktu senja. Buat pertama kalinya beberapa makanan yang disajikan di Olimpik akan mematuhi standard yang ditetapkan oleh Agensi Pembangunan Halal Eropah. Untuk daging yang dilabel sebagai halal, tidak akan dilakukan penyembelihan mekanikal, haiwan itu tidak akan terpegun dan penyembelih Muslim akan menyatakan haiwan itu telah dibunuh atas nama Allah.

"Kami telah berkoordinasi dengan Locog dan IOC sejak lima tahun yang lalu dan London mengatakan mereka akan menyediakan makanan halal semasa sarapan dan makan malam," kata Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, setiausaha jeneral Olimpik Arab Saudi jawatankuasa. "Akan ada daging dan ayam dan akan disembelih menurut hukum Islam."

Kebimbangan lain adalah bahawa jumlah makanan yang ditawarkan dapat mengganggu rancangan diet beberapa atlet. Locog menggunakan pakar pemakanan sukan untuk membantu atlet membuat pilihan, terutama ketika mereka adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan yang terlalu kecil untuk menggaji staf sokongan tersebut.

"Ketika beberapa atlet dari Asia dan Afrika melihat jumlah makanan, dalam beberapa cara, mereka mengejutkan bahawa mereka boleh makan semua ini," kata Matthews. "Adalah cabaran bagi para pelatih untuk mengatakan bahawa anda dapat menikmati diri anda sendiri, tetapi setelah perlumbaan anda."

Jawatankuasa Olimpik Antarabangsa bahkan telah memberi amaran kepada atlet untuk menentang "godaan dewan makan-makan-makan di kampung atlet".

Sekiranya seorang atlet tidak menyukai pemeriksaan keselamatan yang diperlukan untuk masuk ke ruang makan, gerobak kopi di sekitar kampung akan menawarkan bubur pada waktu pagi dan salad serta sandwic kemudian. Kawasan makanan jalanan akan merangkumi Cafe Môr, awalnya gubuk makanan laut pemenang anugerah di pantai Pembrokeshire, dan satu-satunya tempat makan bebas untuk menyediakan makanan di kampung.

"Saya tidak menikmati makanan mewah tetapi itulah yang baik untuk masakan Inggeris," kata Matthews, yang penulis resipi kegemarannya termasuk Angela Hartnett dan Delia Smith. "Kami selalu mempunyai ramuan terbaik. Banyak koki hebat telah menjalani latihan mereka di Perancis atau Sepanyol, tetapi ada penghargaan dari bahan-bahan yang kami miliki di negara ini dan kami semakin baik dalam memberikan yang terbaik."


London 2012: mengapa memberi makan kepada Phelps dan Bolt adalah prestasi Olympian

Jan Matthews tahu bahawa Usain Bolt suka ayam, dan dia memastikan mendapat banyak. Ketua katering di Olimpik London telah memerintahkan 31 tan ayam untuk membekalkan 24,000 atlet dan pegawai pasukan yang akan turun di Village Olympic musim panas ini. Dan walaupun lelaki terpantas di dunia, yang terkenal dengan sumpah dengan nugget ayam pra-perlumbaan, tidak akan memberikan bekalan itu, Matthews tidak mengambil peluang.

"Kami tidak akan berpaling kepada Usain Bolt dan berkata, 'Anda tidak boleh memiliki ayam lagi'," katanya sambil memikirkan kos selera para olahragawan dan wanita terkemuka di dunia. "Saya masih ingat melihat laporan di Sukan Beijing yang mengatakan bahawa perenang Amerika Michael Phelps sedang makan dua lusin telur untuk sarapan."

Bolt dan Phelps adalah antara atlet yang diharapkan memakan lebih dari satu juta makanan semasa Olimpik dan Paralimpik sebagai sebahagian daripada apa yang telah digambarkan sebagai operasi katering terbesar pada masa damai. Pesaing dijangka memakan 25,000 roti, lebih daripada 82 tan makanan laut, seperempat juta telur dan lebih daripada 330 tan buah dan sayur-sayuran. Ruang makan sahaja memuatkan 5,000 dan cukup besar untuk meletakkan lebih daripada 80 bas London di dalamnya. Pada waktu paling sibuk para koki dijangka menyajikan 65,000 makanan sehari.

Tetapi katering lebih dari sekadar angka. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan betul, Matthews percaya ia akan menjadi sumber keselesaan bagi ribuan anak muda yang mendapati diri mereka jauh dari rumah, sering kali untuk pertama kalinya, dan bahan bakar penting yang akan mendorong atlet mencapai pingat Olimpik dan rekod dunia. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan salah, ia boleh merosakkan Sukan.

"Sekiranya anda mempunyai atlet elit yang menuduh mereka mempunyai keracunan makanan dan mereka tidak dapat bersaing dalam satu perlumbaan yang mereka jalani selama ini, kami harus memastikan bahawa kami telah melakukan semua yang kami dapat yang tidak kami sebabkan itu, "katanya.

Locog, jawatankuasa penganjur London, bahkan telah melantik 130 pegawai kesihatan alam sekitar yang berkelayakan sebagai sukarelawan yang akan "menghadap ke depan" dari pelayan di seberang taman "memastikan kita tahu apa yang mereka lakukan". Apa-apa risiko yang dianggap akan dihukum dengan pelekat merah dan ditutup.

Meracuni bintang-bintang pertunjukan adalah mimpi buruk bagi penganjur, tetapi kegembiraan mengenai potensi makanan untuk membantu persembahan Olimpik yang hebat nampaknya mengatasi ketakutan.

Sekurang-kurangnya 800 koki akan memasak untuk atlet 24 jam sehari, tujuh hari seminggu. Setelah berunding dengan atlet dan bekas Olimpik termasuk Jonathan Edwards dan Karen Pickering, dan delegasi dari pasukan terbesar dan terkecil, pihak penganjur telah memutuskan untuk mendirikan empat "buah" di dewan makan: Asia, Afrika-Caribbean, "terbaik Inggeris" dan Mediterranean dan barat.

Pelayan di kampung itu, dari firma multinasional Aramark, telah diminta untuk membuat rancangan masakan khas dari seluruh dunia untuk memastikan hidangan daerah terasa asli. Sebagai contoh, para koki Asia telah menasihatkan bahawa sekurang-kurangnya empat jenis nasi diperlukan untuk disertakan dengan kari dan rempah-rempah hidangan dikalibrasi untuk memastikan rasa hidangan sedekat mungkin dengan masakan rumah.

"Sangat penting bagi seorang atlet yang mungkin tidak berada jauh dari rumah mereka merasa selesa dan mendapat pengiktirafan dalam menghidangkan makanan dari negara asal mereka," kata Matthews, yang telah merasai hampir 1.300 hidangan yang akan ditawarkan. "Ada syarat untuk memastikan resipi tidak dihasilkan sesuai selera kita, tetapi bagaimana mereka mengharapkannya."

Matthews, yang tinggal di luar bandar Worcestershire bersama suami dan anak remaja, sudah biasa dengan peranan ibu pengganti ini. Selama lima tahun dia bekerja di Naafi, organisasi katering Kementerian Pertahanan, dengan tanggungjawab untuk memberi makan 50,000 tentera lapar di lima pasukan pengawal di Jerman.

"Sekiranya mereka tidak mendapat nutrisi yang tepat, mereka tidak akan sesuai untuk menjalani operasi," katanya.

Ketika dia melihat pekerjaan Olimpik, dia menjawab seperti banyak rakannya di masa depan Locog: "Saya berkata kepada suami saya jika saya duduk di sofa di rumah menonton upacara pembukaan dan saya tahu saya mempunyai peluang untuk mengambil bahagian, saya tidak mahu" Saya telah memaafkan diri saya. "

Tetapi kerumitannya sangat besar. Arab Saudi adalah salah satu daripada lebih dari 50 negara Muslim yang menghantar pesaing yang kemungkinan akan melakukan rundingan puasa Ramadan semasa temasya tersebut. Itu bermaksud makan makanan yang dikenali sebagai suhoor sebelum subuh dan berbuka puasa setelah senja dengan iftar, yang datang pada pukul 8.56 malam pada hari upacara perasmian.

Locog juga akan menyediakan bungkusan makanan khas untuk atlet Muslim untuk berbuka puasa sekiranya mereka bertanding di tempat pada waktu senja. Buat pertama kalinya beberapa makanan yang disajikan di Olimpik akan mematuhi standard yang ditetapkan oleh Agensi Pembangunan Halal Eropah. Untuk daging yang dilabel sebagai halal, tidak akan dilakukan penyembelihan mekanikal, haiwan itu tidak akan terpegun dan penyembelih Muslim akan menyatakan haiwan itu telah dibunuh atas nama Allah.

"Kami telah berkoordinasi dengan Locog dan IOC sejak lima tahun yang lalu dan London mengatakan mereka akan menyediakan makanan halal semasa sarapan dan makan malam," kata Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, setiausaha jeneral Olimpik Arab Saudi jawatankuasa. "Akan ada daging dan ayam dan akan disembelih menurut hukum Islam."

Kebimbangan lain adalah bahawa jumlah makanan yang ditawarkan dapat mengganggu rancangan diet beberapa atlet. Locog menggunakan pakar pemakanan sukan untuk membantu atlet membuat pilihan, terutama ketika mereka adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan yang terlalu kecil untuk menggaji staf sokongan tersebut.

"Ketika beberapa atlet dari Asia dan Afrika melihat jumlah makanan, dalam beberapa cara, mereka mengejutkan bahawa mereka boleh makan semua ini," kata Matthews. "Adalah cabaran bagi para pelatih untuk mengatakan bahawa anda dapat menikmati diri anda sendiri, tetapi setelah perlumbaan anda."

Jawatankuasa Olimpik Antarabangsa bahkan telah memberi amaran kepada atlet agar tidak "godaan dewan makan-makan-makan di kampung atlet".

Sekiranya seorang atlet tidak menyukai pemeriksaan keselamatan yang diperlukan untuk masuk ke ruang makan, gerobak kopi di sekitar kampung akan menawarkan bubur pada waktu pagi dan salad serta sandwic kemudian. Kawasan makanan jalanan akan merangkumi Cafe Môr, awalnya gubuk makanan laut pemenang anugerah di pantai Pembrokeshire, dan satu-satunya tempat makan bebas untuk menyediakan makanan di kampung.

"Saya tidak menikmati makanan mewah tetapi itulah yang baik untuk masakan Inggeris," kata Matthews, yang penulis resipi kegemarannya termasuk Angela Hartnett dan Delia Smith. "Kami selalu memiliki ramuan terbaik. Banyak koki hebat telah menjalani latihan mereka di Perancis atau Sepanyol, tetapi ada penghargaan dari bahan-bahan yang kami ada di negara ini dan kami menjadi lebih baik dalam memberikan yang terbaik."


London 2012: mengapa memberi makan kepada Phelps dan Bolt adalah prestasi Olympian

Jan Matthews tahu bahawa Usain Bolt suka ayam, dan dia memastikan mendapat banyak. Ketua katering di Olimpik London telah memerintahkan 31 tan unggas untuk membekalkan 24,000 atlet dan pegawai pasukan yang akan turun di Village Olympic musim panas ini. Dan walaupun lelaki terpantas di dunia, yang terkenal dengan sumpah dengan nugget ayam pra-perlumbaan, tidak akan memberikan bekalan itu, Matthews tidak mengambil peluang.

"Kami tidak akan berpaling kepada Usain Bolt dan berkata, 'Anda tidak boleh memiliki ayam lagi'," katanya sambil memikirkan kos selera para olahragawan dan wanita terkemuka di dunia. "Saya masih ingat melihat laporan di Sukan Beijing yang mengatakan bahawa perenang Amerika Michael Phelps sedang makan dua lusin telur untuk sarapan."

Bolt dan Phelps adalah antara atlet yang diharapkan memakan lebih dari satu juta makanan semasa Olimpik dan Paralimpik sebagai sebahagian daripada apa yang telah digambarkan sebagai operasi katering terbesar pada masa damai. Pesaing dijangka memakan 25,000 roti, lebih daripada 82 tan makanan laut, seperempat juta telur dan lebih daripada 330 tan buah dan sayur-sayuran. Ruang makan sahaja memuatkan 5,000 dan cukup besar untuk meletakkan lebih daripada 80 bas London di dalamnya. Pada waktu paling sibuk para chef dijangka menyajikan 65,000 makanan sehari.

Tetapi katering lebih dari sekadar angka. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan betul, Matthews percaya ia akan menjadi sumber keselesaan bagi ribuan anak muda yang mendapati diri mereka jauh dari rumah, sering kali untuk pertama kalinya, dan bahan bakar penting yang akan mendorong atlet mencapai pingat Olimpik dan rekod dunia. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan salah, ia boleh merosakkan Sukan.

"Sekiranya anda mempunyai atlet elit yang menuduh mereka mempunyai keracunan makanan dan mereka tidak dapat bersaing dalam satu perlumbaan yang mereka jalani selama ini, kami harus memastikan bahawa kami telah melakukan semua yang kami dapat yang tidak kami sebabkan itu, "katanya.

Locog, jawatankuasa penganjur London, bahkan telah melantik 130 pegawai kesihatan alam sekitar yang berkelayakan sebagai sukarelawan yang akan "menghadap ke depan" dari pelayan di seberang taman "memastikan kita tahu apa yang mereka lakukan". Apa-apa risiko yang dianggap akan dihukum dengan pelekat merah dan ditutup.

Meracuni bintang-bintang pertunjukan adalah mimpi buruk bagi penganjur, tetapi kegembiraan mengenai potensi makanan untuk membantu persembahan Olimpik yang hebat nampaknya mengatasi ketakutan.

Sekurang-kurangnya 800 koki akan memasak untuk atlet 24 jam sehari, tujuh hari seminggu. Setelah berunding dengan atlet dan bekas Olimpik termasuk Jonathan Edwards dan Karen Pickering, dan delegasi dari pasukan terbesar dan terkecil, pihak penganjur telah memutuskan untuk mendirikan empat "buah" di dewan makan: Asia, Afrika-Caribbean, "terbaik Inggeris" dan Mediterranean dan barat.

Pelayan di kampung itu, dari firma multinasional Aramark, telah diminta untuk membuat rancangan masakan khas dari seluruh dunia untuk memastikan hidangan daerah terasa asli. Sebagai contoh, para koki Asia telah menasihatkan bahawa sekurang-kurangnya empat jenis nasi diperlukan untuk disertakan dengan kari dan rempah-rempah hidangan dikalibrasi untuk memastikan rasa hidangan sedekat mungkin dengan masakan rumah.

"Sangat penting bagi seorang atlet yang mungkin tidak berada jauh dari rumah mereka merasa selesa dan mendapat pengiktirafan dalam menghidangkan makanan dari negara asal mereka," kata Matthews, yang telah merasai sebahagian besar dari 1.300 hidangan yang akan ditawarkan. "Ada syarat untuk memastikan resipi tidak dihasilkan sesuai selera kita, tetapi bagaimana mereka mengharapkannya."

Matthews, yang tinggal di luar bandar Worcestershire bersama suami dan anak remaja, sudah biasa dengan peranan ibu pengganti ini. Selama lima tahun dia bekerja di Naafi, organisasi katering Kementerian Pertahanan, dengan tanggungjawab untuk memberi makan 50,000 tentera lapar di lima garnisun di Jerman.

"Sekiranya mereka tidak mendapat nutrisi yang tepat, mereka tidak akan sesuai untuk menjalani operasi," katanya.

Ketika dia melihat pekerjaan Olimpik, dia menjawab seperti kebanyakan rakannya di masa depan Locog: "Saya berkata kepada suami saya jika saya duduk di sofa di rumah menonton upacara pembukaan dan saya tahu saya mempunyai peluang untuk mengambil bahagian, saya tidak mahu ' Saya telah memaafkan diri saya. "

Tetapi kerumitannya sangat besar. Arab Saudi adalah salah satu daripada lebih dari 50 negara Muslim yang menghantar pesaing yang kemungkinan akan melakukan rundingan puasa Ramadan semasa temasya tersebut. Itu bermaksud makan makanan yang dikenali sebagai suhoor sebelum subuh dan berbuka puasa setelah senja dengan iftar, yang datang pada pukul 8.56 malam pada hari upacara perasmian.

Locog juga akan menyediakan bungkusan makanan khas untuk atlet Muslim untuk berbuka puasa sekiranya mereka bertanding di tempat pada waktu senja. Buat pertama kalinya sebilangan makanan yang disajikan di Olimpik akan mematuhi standard yang ditetapkan oleh Agensi Pembangunan Halal Eropah. Untuk daging yang dilabel sebagai halal, tidak akan dilakukan penyembelihan secara mekanikal, haiwan itu tidak akan terpegun dan penyembelih Muslim akan menyatakan haiwan tersebut telah dibunuh atas nama Allah.

"Kami telah berkoordinasi dengan Locog dan IOC sejak lima tahun yang lalu dan London mengatakan mereka akan menyediakan makanan halal semasa sarapan dan makan malam," kata Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, setiausaha jeneral Olimpik Arab Saudi jawatankuasa. "Akan ada daging dan ayam dan akan disembelih menurut hukum Islam."

Kebimbangan lain adalah bahawa jumlah makanan yang ditawarkan dapat mengganggu rancangan diet beberapa atlet. Locog menggunakan pakar pemakanan sukan untuk membantu atlet membuat pilihan, terutama ketika mereka adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan yang terlalu kecil untuk menggaji staf sokongan tersebut.

"Ketika beberapa atlet dari Asia dan Afrika melihat jumlah makanan, dalam beberapa cara, mereka mengejutkan bahawa mereka boleh makan semua ini," kata Matthews. "Adalah cabaran bagi para pelatih untuk mengatakan bahawa anda dapat menikmati diri anda sendiri, tetapi setelah perlumbaan anda."

Jawatankuasa Olimpik Antarabangsa bahkan telah memberi amaran kepada atlet agar tidak "godaan dewan makan-makan-makan di kampung atlet".

Sekiranya seorang atlet tidak menyukai pemeriksaan keselamatan yang diperlukan untuk masuk ke ruang makan, gerobak kopi di sekitar kampung akan menawarkan bubur pada waktu pagi dan salad serta sandwic kemudian. Kawasan makanan jalanan akan merangkumi Cafe Môr, awalnya gubuk makanan laut pemenang anugerah di pantai Pembrokeshire, dan satu-satunya tempat makan bebas untuk menyediakan makanan di kampung.

"Saya tidak menikmati makanan mewah tetapi itulah yang baik untuk masakan Inggeris," kata Matthews, yang penulis resipi kegemarannya termasuk Angela Hartnett dan Delia Smith. "Kami selalu memiliki ramuan terbaik. Banyak koki hebat telah menjalani latihan mereka di Perancis atau Sepanyol, tetapi ada penghargaan dari bahan-bahan yang kami ada di negara ini dan kami menjadi lebih baik dalam memberikan yang terbaik."


London 2012: mengapa memberi makan kepada Phelps dan Bolt adalah prestasi Olympian

Jan Matthews tahu bahawa Usain Bolt suka ayam, dan dia memastikan mendapat banyak. Ketua katering di Olimpik London telah memerintahkan 31 tan unggas untuk membekalkan 24,000 atlet dan pegawai pasukan yang akan turun di Village Olympic musim panas ini. Dan walaupun lelaki terpantas di bumi, yang terkenal dengan sumpah dengan nugget ayam pra-perlumbaan, tidak akan menyekat bekalan itu, Matthews tidak mengambil kesempatan.

"Kami tidak akan berpaling kepada Usain Bolt dan berkata, 'Anda tidak boleh memiliki ayam lagi'," katanya sambil memikirkan kos selera para olahragawan dan wanita terkemuka di dunia. "Saya masih ingat melihat laporan di Sukan Beijing yang mengatakan bahawa perenang Amerika Michael Phelps sedang makan dua lusin telur untuk sarapan."

Bolt dan Phelps adalah antara atlet yang diharapkan memakan lebih dari satu juta makanan semasa Olimpik dan Paralimpik sebagai sebahagian daripada apa yang telah digambarkan sebagai operasi katering terbesar pada masa damai. Pesaing dijangka memakan 25,000 roti, lebih daripada 82 tan makanan laut, seperempat juta telur dan lebih daripada 330 tan buah dan sayur-sayuran. Ruang makan sahaja boleh memuatkan 5,000 dan cukup besar untuk menempatkan lebih daripada 80 bas London di dalamnya. Pada waktu paling sibuk para koki dijangka menyajikan 65,000 makanan sehari.

Tetapi katering lebih dari sekadar angka. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan betul, Matthews percaya ia akan menjadi sumber keselesaan bagi ribuan anak muda yang mendapati diri mereka jauh dari rumah, sering kali untuk pertama kalinya, dan bahan bakar penting yang akan mendorong atlet mencapai pingat Olimpik dan rekod dunia. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan salah, ia boleh merosakkan Sukan.

"Sekiranya anda mempunyai atlet elit yang menuduh mereka mempunyai keracunan makanan dan mereka tidak dapat bersaing dalam satu perlumbaan yang mereka jalani selama ini, kami harus memastikan bahawa kami telah melakukan semua yang kami dapat yang tidak kami sebabkan itu, "katanya.

Locog, jawatankuasa penganjur London, bahkan telah melantik 130 pegawai kesihatan alam sekitar yang berkelayakan sebagai sukarelawan yang akan "menghadap ke depan" dari pelayan di seberang taman "memastikan kita tahu apa yang mereka lakukan". Apa-apa risiko yang dianggap akan dihukum dengan pelekat merah dan ditutup.

Keracunan bintang pertunjukan adalah mimpi buruk bagi penganjur, tetapi kegembiraan mengenai potensi makanan untuk membantu memacu persembahan Olimpik yang hebat nampaknya mengatasi ketakutan.

Sekurang-kurangnya 800 koki akan memasak untuk atlet 24 jam sehari, tujuh hari seminggu. Setelah berunding dengan atlet dan bekas Olimpik termasuk Jonathan Edwards dan Karen Pickering, dan delegasi dari pasukan terbesar dan terkecil, pihak penganjur telah memutuskan untuk mendirikan empat "buah" di dewan makan: Asia, Afrika-Caribbean, "terbaik Inggeris" dan Mediterranean dan barat.

Pelayan di kampung itu, dari firma multinasional Aramark, telah diminta untuk membuat rancangan masakan khas dari seluruh dunia untuk memastikan hidangan daerah terasa asli. Sebagai contoh, koki Asia telah menasihatkan bahawa sekurang-kurangnya empat jenis nasi diperlukan untuk disertakan dengan kari dan rempah-rempah hidangan dikalibrasi untuk memastikan rasa hidangan sedekat mungkin dengan masakan rumah.

"Sangat penting bagi seorang atlet yang mungkin tidak berada jauh dari rumah mereka merasa selesa dan mendapat pengiktirafan dalam menghidangkan makanan dari negara asal mereka," kata Matthews, yang telah merasai hampir 1.300 hidangan yang akan ditawarkan. "Ada syarat untuk memastikan resipi tidak dihasilkan sesuai selera kami, tetapi bagaimana mereka mengharapkannya."

Matthews, yang tinggal di luar bandar Worcestershire bersama suami dan anak remaja, sudah biasa dengan peranan ibu pengganti ini. Selama lima tahun dia bekerja di Naafi, organisasi katering Kementerian Pertahanan, dengan tanggungjawab untuk memberi makan 50,000 tentera lapar di lima pasukan pengawal di Jerman.

"Sekiranya mereka tidak mendapat nutrisi yang tepat, mereka tidak akan sesuai untuk menjalani operasi," katanya.

Ketika dia melihat pekerjaan Olimpik, dia menjawab seperti kebanyakan rakannya di masa depan Locog: "Saya berkata kepada suami saya jika saya duduk di sofa di rumah menonton upacara pembukaan dan saya tahu saya berpeluang untuk mengambil bahagian, saya tidak mahu ' Saya telah memaafkan diri saya. "

Tetapi kerumitannya sangat besar. Arab Saudi adalah salah satu daripada lebih dari 50 negara Muslim yang menghantar pesaing yang kemungkinan akan melakukan rundingan puasa Ramadan semasa temasya tersebut. Itu bermaksud makan makanan yang dikenali sebagai suhoor sebelum subuh dan berbuka puasa setelah senja dengan iftar, yang datang pada pukul 8.56 malam pada hari upacara perasmian.

Locog juga akan menyediakan bungkusan makanan khas untuk atlet Muslim untuk berbuka puasa sekiranya mereka bertanding di tempat pada waktu senja. Buat pertama kalinya beberapa makanan yang disajikan di Olimpik akan mematuhi standard yang ditetapkan oleh Agensi Pembangunan Halal Eropah. Untuk daging yang dilabel sebagai halal, tidak akan dilakukan penyembelihan secara mekanikal, haiwan itu tidak akan terpegun dan penyembelih Muslim akan menyatakan haiwan tersebut telah dibunuh atas nama Allah.

"Kami telah berkoordinasi dengan Locog dan IOC sejak lima tahun yang lalu dan London mengatakan mereka akan menyediakan makanan halal semasa sarapan dan makan malam," kata Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, setiausaha jeneral Olimpik Arab Saudi jawatankuasa. "Akan ada daging dan ayam dan akan disembelih menurut hukum Islam."

Kebimbangan lain adalah bahawa jumlah makanan yang ditawarkan dapat mengganggu rancangan diet beberapa atlet. Locog menggunakan pakar pemakanan sukan untuk membantu atlet membuat pilihan, terutama ketika mereka adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan yang terlalu kecil untuk menggaji staf sokongan tersebut.

"Ketika beberapa atlet dari Asia dan Afrika melihat jumlah makanan, dalam beberapa cara, mereka mengejutkan bahawa mereka boleh makan semua ini," kata Matthews. "Adalah cabaran bagi para pelatih untuk mengatakan bahawa anda dapat menikmati diri anda sendiri, tetapi setelah perlumbaan anda."

Jawatankuasa Olimpik Antarabangsa bahkan telah memberi amaran kepada atlet agar tidak "godaan dewan makan-makan-makan-makan di kampung atlet".

Sekiranya seorang atlet tidak menyukai pemeriksaan keselamatan yang diperlukan untuk masuk ke ruang makan, gerobak kopi di sekitar kampung akan menawarkan bubur pada waktu pagi dan salad serta sandwic kemudian. Kawasan makanan jalanan akan merangkumi Cafe Môr, awalnya gubuk makanan laut pemenang anugerah di pantai Pembrokeshire, dan satu-satunya tempat makan bebas untuk menyediakan makanan di kampung.

"Saya tidak menikmati makanan mewah tetapi itulah yang baik untuk masakan Inggeris," kata Matthews, yang penulis resipi kegemarannya termasuk Angela Hartnett dan Delia Smith. "Kami selalu memiliki ramuan terbaik. Banyak koki hebat telah menjalani latihan mereka di Perancis atau Sepanyol, tetapi ada penghargaan dari bahan-bahan yang kami ada di negara ini dan kami semakin baik dalam menghasilkan yang terbaik."


London 2012: mengapa memberi makan kepada Phelps dan Bolt adalah prestasi Olympian

Jan Matthews tahu bahawa Usain Bolt suka ayam, dan dia memastikan mendapat banyak. Ketua katering di Olimpik London telah memerintahkan 31 tan ayam untuk membekalkan 24,000 atlet dan pegawai pasukan yang akan turun di Village Olympic musim panas ini. Dan walaupun lelaki terpantas di dunia, yang terkenal dengan sumpah dengan nugget ayam pra-perlumbaan, tidak akan memberikan bekalan itu, Matthews tidak mengambil peluang.

"Kami tidak akan berpaling kepada Usain Bolt dan berkata, 'Anda tidak boleh memiliki ayam lagi'," katanya sambil merenungkan kos selera sukan dan wanita terkemuka di dunia. "Saya masih ingat melihat laporan di Sukan Beijing yang mengatakan bahawa perenang Amerika Michael Phelps sedang makan dua lusin telur untuk sarapan."

Bolt dan Phelps adalah antara atlet yang diharapkan memakan lebih dari satu juta makanan semasa Olimpik dan Paralimpik sebagai sebahagian daripada apa yang telah digambarkan sebagai operasi katering terbesar pada masa damai. Peserta dijangka memakan 25,000 roti, lebih daripada 82 tan makanan laut, seperempat juta telur dan lebih daripada 330 tan buah dan sayur-sayuran. Ruang makan sahaja memuatkan 5,000 dan cukup besar untuk meletakkan lebih daripada 80 bas London di dalamnya. Pada waktu paling sibuk para koki dijangka menyajikan 65,000 makanan sehari.

Tetapi katering lebih dari sekadar angka. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan betul, Matthews percaya ia akan menjadi sumber keselesaan bagi ribuan anak muda yang mendapati diri mereka jauh dari rumah, sering kali untuk pertama kalinya, dan bahan bakar penting yang akan mendorong atlet mencapai pingat Olimpik dan rekod dunia. Sekiranya dilakukan dengan salah, ia boleh merosakkan Sukan.

"Sekiranya anda mempunyai atlet elit yang menuduh mereka mempunyai keracunan makanan dan mereka tidak dapat bersaing dalam satu perlumbaan yang mereka jalani selama ini, kami harus memastikan bahawa kami telah melakukan semua yang kami dapat yang tidak kami sebabkan itu, "katanya.

Locog, jawatankuasa penganjur London, bahkan telah melantik 130 pegawai kesihatan alam sekitar yang berkelayakan sebagai sukarelawan yang akan "menghadap ke depan" para pelayan di seberang taman "memastikan kita tahu apa yang mereka lakukan". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


London 2012: why feeding Phelps and Bolt is an Olympian feat

Jan Matthews knows that Usain Bolt likes chicken, and she's made sure to get plenty in. The head of catering at the London Olympics has ordered 31 tonnes of poultry to supply the 24,000 athletes and team officials who will descend on the Olympic Village this summer. And while even the fastest man on earth, who famously swears by pre-race chicken nuggets, won't dent that supply, Matthews isn't taking chances.

"We are not going to turn round to Usain Bolt and say, 'You can't have any more chicken'," she said as she contemplated the cost of the runaway appetites of the world's leading sportsmen and women. "I remember seeing reports on the Beijing Games saying that the American swimmer Michael Phelps was having two dozen eggs for breakfast."

Bolt and Phelps are among the athletes expected to consume more than a million meals during the Olympics and Paralympics as part of what has been described as the biggest catering operation in peacetime. The competitors are expected to eat 25,000 loaves of bread, more than 82 tonnes of seafood, a quarter of a million eggs and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The dining room alone seats 5,000 and is big enough to park more than 80 London buses inside. At the busiest times the chefs are expected to serve 65,000 meals a day.

But the catering is about more than just numbers. If done right, Matthews believes it will be both a source of comfort for thousands of young people who find themselves far from home, often for the first time, and the essential fuel that will power athletes to Olympic medals and world records. If done wrong it could wreck the Games.

"If you have an elite athlete who alleges they have food poisoning and they can't compete in the one race they have been working their life to get to, we have to be sure we have done everything we could that we didn't cause it," she says.

Locog, the London organising committee, has even appointed 130 qualified environmental health officers as volunteers who will be "up front, in the faces" of the caterers across the park "making sure we know what they are doing". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


London 2012: why feeding Phelps and Bolt is an Olympian feat

Jan Matthews knows that Usain Bolt likes chicken, and she's made sure to get plenty in. The head of catering at the London Olympics has ordered 31 tonnes of poultry to supply the 24,000 athletes and team officials who will descend on the Olympic Village this summer. And while even the fastest man on earth, who famously swears by pre-race chicken nuggets, won't dent that supply, Matthews isn't taking chances.

"We are not going to turn round to Usain Bolt and say, 'You can't have any more chicken'," she said as she contemplated the cost of the runaway appetites of the world's leading sportsmen and women. "I remember seeing reports on the Beijing Games saying that the American swimmer Michael Phelps was having two dozen eggs for breakfast."

Bolt and Phelps are among the athletes expected to consume more than a million meals during the Olympics and Paralympics as part of what has been described as the biggest catering operation in peacetime. The competitors are expected to eat 25,000 loaves of bread, more than 82 tonnes of seafood, a quarter of a million eggs and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The dining room alone seats 5,000 and is big enough to park more than 80 London buses inside. At the busiest times the chefs are expected to serve 65,000 meals a day.

But the catering is about more than just numbers. If done right, Matthews believes it will be both a source of comfort for thousands of young people who find themselves far from home, often for the first time, and the essential fuel that will power athletes to Olympic medals and world records. If done wrong it could wreck the Games.

"If you have an elite athlete who alleges they have food poisoning and they can't compete in the one race they have been working their life to get to, we have to be sure we have done everything we could that we didn't cause it," she says.

Locog, the London organising committee, has even appointed 130 qualified environmental health officers as volunteers who will be "up front, in the faces" of the caterers across the park "making sure we know what they are doing". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


London 2012: why feeding Phelps and Bolt is an Olympian feat

Jan Matthews knows that Usain Bolt likes chicken, and she's made sure to get plenty in. The head of catering at the London Olympics has ordered 31 tonnes of poultry to supply the 24,000 athletes and team officials who will descend on the Olympic Village this summer. And while even the fastest man on earth, who famously swears by pre-race chicken nuggets, won't dent that supply, Matthews isn't taking chances.

"We are not going to turn round to Usain Bolt and say, 'You can't have any more chicken'," she said as she contemplated the cost of the runaway appetites of the world's leading sportsmen and women. "I remember seeing reports on the Beijing Games saying that the American swimmer Michael Phelps was having two dozen eggs for breakfast."

Bolt and Phelps are among the athletes expected to consume more than a million meals during the Olympics and Paralympics as part of what has been described as the biggest catering operation in peacetime. The competitors are expected to eat 25,000 loaves of bread, more than 82 tonnes of seafood, a quarter of a million eggs and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The dining room alone seats 5,000 and is big enough to park more than 80 London buses inside. At the busiest times the chefs are expected to serve 65,000 meals a day.

But the catering is about more than just numbers. If done right, Matthews believes it will be both a source of comfort for thousands of young people who find themselves far from home, often for the first time, and the essential fuel that will power athletes to Olympic medals and world records. If done wrong it could wreck the Games.

"If you have an elite athlete who alleges they have food poisoning and they can't compete in the one race they have been working their life to get to, we have to be sure we have done everything we could that we didn't cause it," she says.

Locog, the London organising committee, has even appointed 130 qualified environmental health officers as volunteers who will be "up front, in the faces" of the caterers across the park "making sure we know what they are doing". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


London 2012: why feeding Phelps and Bolt is an Olympian feat

Jan Matthews knows that Usain Bolt likes chicken, and she's made sure to get plenty in. The head of catering at the London Olympics has ordered 31 tonnes of poultry to supply the 24,000 athletes and team officials who will descend on the Olympic Village this summer. And while even the fastest man on earth, who famously swears by pre-race chicken nuggets, won't dent that supply, Matthews isn't taking chances.

"We are not going to turn round to Usain Bolt and say, 'You can't have any more chicken'," she said as she contemplated the cost of the runaway appetites of the world's leading sportsmen and women. "I remember seeing reports on the Beijing Games saying that the American swimmer Michael Phelps was having two dozen eggs for breakfast."

Bolt and Phelps are among the athletes expected to consume more than a million meals during the Olympics and Paralympics as part of what has been described as the biggest catering operation in peacetime. The competitors are expected to eat 25,000 loaves of bread, more than 82 tonnes of seafood, a quarter of a million eggs and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The dining room alone seats 5,000 and is big enough to park more than 80 London buses inside. At the busiest times the chefs are expected to serve 65,000 meals a day.

But the catering is about more than just numbers. If done right, Matthews believes it will be both a source of comfort for thousands of young people who find themselves far from home, often for the first time, and the essential fuel that will power athletes to Olympic medals and world records. If done wrong it could wreck the Games.

"If you have an elite athlete who alleges they have food poisoning and they can't compete in the one race they have been working their life to get to, we have to be sure we have done everything we could that we didn't cause it," she says.

Locog, the London organising committee, has even appointed 130 qualified environmental health officers as volunteers who will be "up front, in the faces" of the caterers across the park "making sure we know what they are doing". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


London 2012: why feeding Phelps and Bolt is an Olympian feat

Jan Matthews knows that Usain Bolt likes chicken, and she's made sure to get plenty in. The head of catering at the London Olympics has ordered 31 tonnes of poultry to supply the 24,000 athletes and team officials who will descend on the Olympic Village this summer. And while even the fastest man on earth, who famously swears by pre-race chicken nuggets, won't dent that supply, Matthews isn't taking chances.

"We are not going to turn round to Usain Bolt and say, 'You can't have any more chicken'," she said as she contemplated the cost of the runaway appetites of the world's leading sportsmen and women. "I remember seeing reports on the Beijing Games saying that the American swimmer Michael Phelps was having two dozen eggs for breakfast."

Bolt and Phelps are among the athletes expected to consume more than a million meals during the Olympics and Paralympics as part of what has been described as the biggest catering operation in peacetime. The competitors are expected to eat 25,000 loaves of bread, more than 82 tonnes of seafood, a quarter of a million eggs and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The dining room alone seats 5,000 and is big enough to park more than 80 London buses inside. At the busiest times the chefs are expected to serve 65,000 meals a day.

But the catering is about more than just numbers. If done right, Matthews believes it will be both a source of comfort for thousands of young people who find themselves far from home, often for the first time, and the essential fuel that will power athletes to Olympic medals and world records. If done wrong it could wreck the Games.

"If you have an elite athlete who alleges they have food poisoning and they can't compete in the one race they have been working their life to get to, we have to be sure we have done everything we could that we didn't cause it," she says.

Locog, the London organising committee, has even appointed 130 qualified environmental health officers as volunteers who will be "up front, in the faces" of the caterers across the park "making sure we know what they are doing". Any considered a risk will be condemned with a red sticker and shut down.

Poisoning the stars of the show is the stuff of nightmares for the organisers, but excitement about the potential of food to help fuel great Olympian performances appears to outstrip the fear.

At least 800 chefs will cook for the athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After consulting athletes and former Olympians including Jonathan Edwards and Karen Pickering, and delegations from the biggest and smallest teams, the organisers have decided to establish four "pods" in the dining hall: Asian, African-Caribbean, "best of British" and Mediterranean and western.

The caterers in the village, from the multinational firm Aramark, have been asked to draft in specialist cooks from around the world to make sure regional dishes taste authentic. For example, Asian chefs have advised that at least four types of rice will be needed to go with curries and the spicing of dishes is being calibrated to ensure dishes taste as close to home cooking as possible.

"It is really important to an athlete who might not have been away from home that they feel some comfort and recognition in being served food from their home countries," said Matthews, who has tasted most of the 1,300 dishes that will be on offer. "There is a requirement to ensure recipes are not produced to our taste, but how they would expect them."

Matthews, who lives in the Worcestershire countryside with her husband and teenage son, is familiar with this surrogate mother role. For five years she worked for the Naafi, the Ministry of Defence's catering organisation, with responsibility to feed 50,000 hungry troops across five garrisons in Germany.

"If they weren't getting the right nutrition, they wouldn't be fit to go on operations," she said.

When she saw the Olympics job, she responded like many of her future Locog colleagues: "I said to my husband if I am sitting on the couch at home watching the opening ceremony and I know I had the opportunity to take part, I wouldn't have forgiven myself."

But the complexities are huge. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast during the Games. That means eating a meal known as suhoor before dawn and breaking the fast after dusk with iftar, which comes at 8.56pm on the day of the opening ceremony.

Locog will also provide special food packs for Muslim athletes to break fast if they are competing at venues at dusk. For the first time some food served at an Olympics will adhere to standards set by the European Halal Development Agency. For meat labelled as halal, there will be no mechanical slaughter, the animal will not be stunned and a Muslim slaughterman will declare the animal has been killed in the name of Allah.

"We have been co-ordinating with Locog and the IOC for the past five years on this and London has said they will provide halal food during breakfast and late suppers," said Dr Rashed al-Heraiwel, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Olympic committee. "There will be meat and chicken and it will be slaughtered according to Islamic law."

Another concern is that the amount of food on offer could upset the dietary plans of some athletes. Locog is laying on sports nutritionists to help athletes make choices, especially when they are part of teams that are too small to employ such support staff.

"When some of the athletes from Asia and Africa see the amount of food, in some ways it blows their mind that they could eat all of this," said Matthews. "It is a challenge for the coaches to say you can enjoy yourself, but after your race."

The International Olympic Committee has even warned athletes against the "temptations of an all-you-can eat-dining hall in an athletes' village".

If an athlete doesn't fancy the security checks needed to get into the dining room, coffee carts dotted around the village will offer porridge in the mornings and salads and sandwiches later. A street food area will include Cafe Môr, originally an award-winning seafood shack on the Pembrokeshire coast, and one of the only independent caterers to provide food in the village.

"I don't enjoy pretentious food but that is what is good about British cooking," said Matthews, whose favourite recipe writers include Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith. "We have always had the best ingredients. A lot of the great chefs have done their training in France or Spain, but there is an appreciation of the ingredients we have in this country and we are getting better at bringing the best out."


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