Food on the Winter Olympics Menu

  More than two months before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee released the 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic athletes menu. The menu contains 678 special dishes from all over the world, with a unique Winter Olympic style.
  According to the Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, there is a strict process for the formulation of the athletes’ menus—a team of experts in sports, nutrition, and catering will discuss the ingredients, dish specifications, and production processes. Developed under the guidance of service providers and nutritionists, and reviewed by the International Olympic Committee. At that time, the Winter Olympic Village restaurant will set up a world table, an Asian table, a Chinese table, a bright food table, a halal table, a pizza and pasta table, a salad table and a condiment table, a fresh fruit table, a bread and dessert table, etc. 12 The dining table serves about 200 dishes from the menu every day and rotates on an 8-day cycle.
  A Gathering of World Cuisine During the
  Winter Olympics , there were more than 100,000 athletes, team officials, members of the Olympic family, and media staff from different countries and regions. In order to meet the needs of all dining groups, in addition to respecting the dietary tastes and religious habits of athletes, for athletes’ menus, each dish must be marked with information such as ingredients, allergens, and nutrients.
  ”Every dish in the Olympic Village Athlete’s Restaurant must have a dish label, which includes the name of the dish in Chinese, English and French, the ingredients and allergens of the dish, and the analysis of the energy supply per unit weight and the content of major nutrients. This recipe Labels can help national team doctors guide athletes to take in reasonable energy and nutrition.” Beijing Union University is the only university that participated in the formulation of the Winter Olympics menu. Xiu Yu, a teacher in the Department of Catering Management at the School of Tourism, said that although the chef team is proficient in cooking techniques , but in the implementation of the Olympic menu, it also requires repeated training and testing.
  In order to meet the needs of different tastes as much as possible, the supply of Winter Olympic dishes has also made great efforts in practice. For example, at the Ming stall, there are 6 kinds of egg rolls, such as original omelet, ham egg roll, cheese omelet, tomato omelet, etc., and the practice of pizza has reached nine kinds of flavors, including Italian sausage pizza, smoked chicken pizza, margherita pizza, etc.; and pasta includes five flavors such as Italian screw noodles and Italian butterfly noodles.
  Since all dishes involve more than 400 kinds of ingredients, in order to ensure the supply of vegetables and other ingredients, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee has established a three-level catering guarantee operation system from the central level to the host cities of Beijing and Hebei, and then to the venues. Due to the need for cross-regional supervision, ingredients that need to be imported out of season or selected in southern Chinese cities are coordinated by the central government. The entire food supply chain covers the whole process of planting, storage and transportation, production and processing, sales, and catering services.
  Yang Chen, the head chef of Yanqing Village for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, said that there are also taboos on the ingredients that enter the Winter Olympics menu. For example, pepper is a food-borne stimulant and will not appear in the menus of Winter Olympics athletes. At the same time, there are 48 common ingredients in the kitchen such as bay leaves.
  He introduced that, in addition, during the Winter Olympics, there will be a series of vegetarian and halal dishes for every meal, and kosher services will be provided to meet the specific dietary needs of people with different tastes and religions, so that athletes from all over the world can fully experience the host country. of hospitality and hospitality.
  Specialties from all over China As in
  the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the ratio of Chinese food to Western food on the Winter Olympics menu is 3:7. Although Chinese food only accounts for 30%, these Chinese dishes will fully demonstrate the “Chinese taste” on the tongue. According to some of the announced menu contents, dishes from all over China, such as Peking duck, Zhejiang famous dish West Lake beef soup, Sichuan dish representative Kung Pao chicken, Shandong dish Sixi balls, Cantonese dish shrimp dumplings, etc. are all on the list.
  Beijing Roast Duck is the “food business card” of Beijing, the capital of China. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Peking duck was one of the most popular dishes for athletes, with an average of about 700 ducks eaten every day. At the Beijing Winter Olympics, Beijing Roast Duck is still very popular, and it “returns” as promised. The Beijing dishes served at the same time include mutton, mushu, sweet and sour tenderloin, etc., as well as Beijing-style special snacks such as donkey roll and pea yellow.
  The Lu Cuisine Sixi Balls is also one of the traditional Chinese classic dishes. Because of their auspicious connotations, they are often used as the finale of feasts such as weddings and birthdays. Therefore, it is not surprising that Sixi Maruko is on the list.
  ”When formulating the menu, one of the ideas is to show the characteristics of each region and region of Chinese cuisine.” Liu Zhong, the executive assistant chef of Beijing Hotel who participated in the formulation of the menu for the Winter Olympics, told the media. The Winter Olympics coincided with the Spring Festival, a traditional Chinese festival, and the athletes’ menu also added a lot of special foods around the theme of the Chinese New Year. Liu Zhong said: “For example, spring rolls are an important staple food for Chinese people to welcome the Spring Festival. It is necessary to taste the authentic Chinese food, but also to understand the traditional Chinese catering culture.”
  According to the catering arrangement of the Winter Olympics, the catering service standards, time and content of the three major competition areas in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou are synchronized, no matter which competition area the athletes are in. , you can feel the same culinary charm.
  ”Wisdom” is everywhere, said Xiu Yu, a teacher in the Department of Food and Beverage Management of
  Beijing Union University’s School of Tourism, that because restaurants have to serve meals 24 hours a day, the dishes on the dining table need to be fresh at all times, which requires chefs participating in the meal to be careful about the quality and quantity of dishes. Carry out precise linking, and continuously adjust the number of products according to the number of diners in the restaurant, “pursuing an ideal state in which a food can be eaten at the best tasting stage while replenishing the dishes in time, changing often and fresh without wasting.”
  During the competition, the Winter Olympic Village and Winter Paralympic Village will launch intelligent catering services. For example, a heat map display screen will be set up at the entrance of the main restaurant of athletes to display the number of diners in real time; the restaurant is equipped with intelligent heat preservation food cabinets to help people divert meals; the intelligent guidance robot walking in the restaurant can provide consultation for athletes , guide service; each floor of the restaurant is equipped with a space sterilizer to ensure the safety of the dining environment…
  In addition, the main media center of the Beijing Winter Olympics in the second phase of the National Convention Center also launched a smart restaurant for the first time. As the media headquarters for the Beijing Winter Olympics, it will host more than 3,000 text and photojournalists from more than 100 countries and regions, as well as about 12,000 broadcasters from more than 200 broadcast agencies. In order to meet the different eating habits of domestic and foreign media personnel, the restaurant has carefully designed more than 200 types of meals, which are divided into 8 sets of menus for circular use.
  The dishes in the main media center are mainly Chinese food, supplemented by Western food. Combined with the work characteristics of media personnel serving different time zones and irregular meal times, in addition to the catering supply in the three main meal periods, the restaurant has specially set up a 24-hour intelligent equipment meal preparation area. , so that busy Winter Olympic reporters can enjoy freshly ordered and prepared meals at any time: heating bread, freshly fried meat patties, matching lettuce and sauce, all independently completed by the hamburger machine; delicious claypot rice by the claypot rice machine. The contract, from precise control of the heat, opening and closing the lid, refueling and filling, are all completed according to the program; the intelligent coffee equipment can not only prepare a variety of flavors of coffee, but also display the latte art like a coffee master; the intelligent mixing equipment is carried out by the robotic arm. Take the cup, ice the cup, put the cup and other processes, and can complete the complex deployment, shake and other actions, can make four unique cocktails; dumpling wonton machine allows reporters from all over the world to fully appreciate the strong Chinese New Year flavor…
  Actually On the other hand, these intelligent automatic catering equipment is not the first for the Winter Olympics. They have been applied in various scenarios such as scenic spots, exhibition halls, and transportation hubs in 30 provinces and cities in China. It is only the first time to serve important international sports events.

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