Local chef shares Olympic experience

Chef Joan Bardossi working at Bejing Olympics Chef Joan Bardossi working at Bejing Olympics

February 21, 2018 07:29 AM

A local woman now working in the Rochester area has actually prepared meals for athletes at the Olympic Games.

Joan Bardossi shared her secrets with News10NBC. She worked as a chef at the Beijing and London Summer Olympic Games.

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"The most popular food was hands down pizza," Bardossi said. "Pasta was close behind."

Bardossi is now the regional culinary director at all ten of the Legacy Senior Living Communities in the Rochester area. Before that, she and more than 100 other chefs prepared meals for the entire Olympic village including athletes, coaches and all other support staff.

In Beijing, the chefs made 3.5 million meals in 60 days. Since they cooked for people from all over the world they provided a large variety of cuisine. Bardossi says they served as many as 2,000 different meal items in 24 hours.

"We definitely had a lot of vegetables and a salad bar," Bardossi said. "But because they are Olympic athletes, I think they focused on Michael Phelps during Beijing and he eats as many as 6,000 calories a day we may not always want to replicate their diet."

Keep in mind, Phelps is more active than most of us and he probably burned off most of that in the pool.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bardossi is hosting a class, 'It takes a village to feed a village' at Legacy Fairways located 681 High St. in Victor.

The class is open to the public and you'll have a chance to learn how to cook for Olympic athletes and hear the details of her experience in Beijing and London.


Kaci Jones

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