West Palm Beach, Florida: She has never been to China and doesn’t speak the language, and the largest events she’s overseen have been corporate conventions.
That’s about to change as Jennifer McCrary, 31, takes on a food service job of Olympian proportions: the summer games in Beijing. McCrary will be working for Aramark Corp. and oversee the entire athletes village and media centre dining areas, where more than 3.5 million meals will be served to thousands.
“The 2008 Summer Olympic Games will be the largest Olympic catering project undertaken by Aramark,” she said. The catering firm, based in Philadelphia, has also handled the food at the 13 previous Olympics, beginning with the 1968 games in Mexico City.
“We’ll be a 24x7 operation, feeding the athletes, coaches, support staff and media.”
Areas will be set up for breakfasts to be served round the clock, fresh fruit and salad bars, special dessert areas, hot foods, and those for snacks.
The company plans to cook for more than 60,000 people—coaches, athletes, support staff and all media from around the world, who come through the dining facilities during the summer games and the paralympics that immediately follow. There will be 800 dishes they’ll be rotating on the menus every eight days. “Eight is a lucky number in China,” McCrary said. (That’s why the games are starting on the eighth day of the eighth month, in the eighth year of the new millennium).
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