The official start of 30th Southeast Asian Games are only a few days away and more & more athletes are pouring in at the New Clark City Athletes’ Village. Athletes and coaches who are on-site are getting top level culinary treats from Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Sau del Rosario, and an organization of chefs & restaurateurs called Culinarya Pampanga.
Lim who is the 2019 SEA Games executive chef is proud of the quality, quantity, and variety of the food being served to the SEA Games participants. “Food is important for the athletes, that’s their fuel. They burn out because they’re giving their 110 percent so we need to give our 110 percent [too], to make sure that we feed them correctly,” Lim added.
According to Lim, a kitchen and a hotel was built from the ground up to provide nutrition and dietary requirements of the athletes, who will be unable to leave the complex.
Food will be available to the athletes 24 hours a day and is 100 percent halal to make considerations for Muslim participants. “We’re fully halal here. We’re taking into consideration [the food requirements of] our Muslim brothers and sisters. So we wanted to make sure that they feel at home; comfortable in our country because siyempre (of course), Pinoy hospitality is the best,” Lim said.
The Filipino social media sphere was quick to praise the amenities given to the participants at New Clark City, a welcome treat after previous unsavory reports in other SEA Games venues. Foreign delegates from neighboring Southeast Asian countries were also pleased with the welcome at the Clark International Airport.
The New Clark City Athletes’ Village is expected to house 1,800 athletes and coaches during the course of the games.