The Swedish Alpine Team’s fitness training and testing center in the National Arena will see a full make-over in January 2019. It will become a full-scale restaurant kitchen for a team of 100 hospitality professionals to work in. Led by kitchen chef Neil Ponsonby they will prepare thousands of meals to keep all those working on the slopes going and to provide culinary highlights to the 1000 daily VIP guests visiting the Championships. The detailed planning of everything from the various menus to transport of the supplies to the Arena kitchen and staff shifts is currently underway.
- The challenge is that we have to prepare a lot of meals during a short period of time and we at the same time have to meet the expectations of our high-level guests for fine-dining experiences featuring the best of Jämtland, said Neil Ponsonby. A native of Tasmania, he has significant experience in managing large scale kitchens. Together with Åre 2019 Food & Beverage Manager Bengt Mårtensson, who has held similar roles at large events such as the Eurovision at Malmö Arena and the Friends Arena, Neil is leading the kitchen long before it has even been built.
Åre 2019 has set high goals for its work on sustainability and is in the process of being ISO 20121 certified according to the standard for sustainable event management. As part of that process, food and beverage were identified as one of the major impact areas where Åre 2019 can reduce its carbon footprint through sustainable practices. This requires detailed planning of the purchasing process to reduce food waste to a minimum. Local produce and ingredients will be used to the extent possible to reduce transport distances. There will be a vegetarian alternative on offer at each meal. The meals will be planned to reuse left-overs the following day and orders for supplies and produce can be adjusted daily. Construction and management of the Championships’ own kitchen allows quality control and measurement across the entire production chain. The kitchen will be operated on electricity produced fossil-fuel free, just as the entire Arena is.
Besides the meals prepared in the Åre 2019 Championships kitchen, there will be food and beverages available to the expected 120 000 visitors during the two-weeks of the Championships. A Public Food Court and a number of food trucks in and around the Arena will be serving warm meals, snacks and drinks. Åre’s myriad restaurants will naturally also be open and serving Championships visitors during the event.
Åre 2019 Food & Beverage Facts and Figures
54 000 meals during three weeks
12 000 VIP meals
2 800 hungry volunteers and media representatives
100 chefs and kitchen staff
100 km to the closest wholesaler