Culinary team celebrate success at The Championships, Wimbledon

Friday 4 August 2017

The culinary team at The Championships, Wimbledon, are celebrating another great year of delivering exceptional food services to over 470,000 fans who visited the Grounds over the fortnight.

Altogether, 355 chefs worked across 51 onsite kitchens to deliver outstanding food and drink to 27 restaurants and 30 grab-and-go outlets. They served customers a range of signature Wimbledon dishes and seasonal specialties, spanning everything from the healthy to the more indulgent, while also showcasing cuisines from around the world.

This year, visitors were also able to enjoy a new range of delicious healthy salad pots and contemporary homemade salads after Wimbledon’s culinary team from Compass Group UK & Ireland, the official catering partner at The Championships for 32 years, teamed up with Allegra McEvedy, MBE, co-founder of LEON.

The exciting partnership has seen a new line of seasonal favourites being freshly prepared in the Centre Court kitchen for public areas. Altogether 79,654 sandwiches and salads were sold in the past two weeks with popular choices including salmon superfood salad with avocado and broccoli and a Lebanese freekeh and chilli feta box.

Other highlights include:

· 17,170 portions of fish & chips served

· 110,225 scones made and 141,235 cups of tea poured

· 33,211 kg of Kentish strawberries served

· 2,200 catering staff and 226 managers working onsite, including 27 culinary students from Hammersmith College, University of West London and South Thames College

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Gary Parsons, executive chef for Compass Group UK & Ireland at The Championships, Wimbledon, said: “Our people are our greatest asset and once again it’s been brilliant to see the dedication and hard work of our teams in the build up to the event, and over the two weeks. As well as tennis, Wimbledon is also about celebrating great food and drink. We believe in cooking our food with fresh, responsibly sourced British produce and we work side by side with the Wimbledon team, to ensure we deliver amazing food that matches the calibre of the visitor experience here.

“We’ve received outstanding feedback on our new range of salads, created in collaboration with Allegra McEvedy - it’s great to see the new products, as well as the traditional, being well received by visitors to The Championships.”

Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said: “Food and drink at Wimbledon has become an integral part of the experience, and this year we have had another standout Championships with the culinary offering, as always, helping to create the world class tournament we are renowned for.”