The menu for the 2012 London Olympics took five years to make.In an ambitious plan, the organising committee set out to prepare 14 million meals with local, sustainable ingredients. The end goal, according to the Daily Beast, is to fundamentally change how catering works at large-scale events like the Olympics, and improve how food is sourced in the UK.
The committee developed a lengthy list of minimum requirements involving vegetables, milk, cheese, eggs, meat, and fish. Since 2007, they’ve been working with caterers to figure out a way to both meet these sustainability standards and feed millions of people in a practical way.
As you can see from this sampling of meals (PDF) available at various venues in the Olympic Park, the result of five years of planning is a international menu composed of locally-derived ingredients. Here’s what people are eating at the Olympics:
- Porridge and maple syrup, made with UK oats and milk – £2.20
- Toasted tea cakes, with Yorkshire butter – £2.10
- 6 Jerk Red Tractor assured chicken wings – £3.50
- Red Leicester British cheese with British apple chutney and Farm assured lettuce on Oxfordshire bread – £3.80
- Jacket potato with Dingley Dell bacon and Freedom Foods chicken in a herb mayonnaise, served with roquete and watercress salad – £5.80
- Pole and line caught tuna and sweet potato British salad – £5.90
- Freshly carved hog roasted Red Tractor pork, served in Oxfordshire cross hatched bread roll with mixed leaf salad and assorted accompaniments – £6.50
- Grilled Red Tractor chicken burrito – £6.50
- Farm assured Scotch Beef with Stilton Pie, Irish mashed potato with Red Tractor Cream and British butter and onion gravy – £8.00
- Cod and chips – from £8
- Singapore noodle, stir fried egg noodle, chicken, prawns, char sui Pork, chilli and shredded peppers in a hoisin dressing – £8.50
And here’s what some of the tents look like (via @kpmarek):
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