By the time the Games come round, the catering team will have tasted and reviewed every single meal, snack and drink before it is signed off to ensure we only offer the best of British produced food to everyone we feed.
The blueprint for what will be on offer to spectators at Games time was written back in 2009 in the Food Vision (there's a picture of James Cracknell at the launch below).
London 2012 aims to set new standards for catering at UK events, leaving a positive legacy for the future. The key aims of the Food Vision are to ensure we offer affordable, healthy food that offers choice and diversity and can cater for special dietary and cultural requirements too.
We are already seeing that legacy in action and we will continue to keep you updated on ways the Catering team has already had a positive impact on the quality of food within the supply chain and the processes caterers work to.
It is very rewarding to see food producers and growers responding so creatively to the challenges of serving up to 14 million meals over such a short time scale. We have some fantastic foods lined up for people to eat and I can't wait to hear what people will say when they get the chance to see and taste all that we have been working on.
The Food Vision has given both us and prospective partners the opportunity to start sourcing suppliers and work with producers to bring their offerings up to standard or increase their production capacity ahead of London 2012.
I am proud and delighted that we have already won some awards already for our work so far in supporting and promoting sustainable food procurement and the British food industry – including Good Food on the Public Plate Award, and a Good Egg Award, awarded by Compassion in World Farming. We hope the results of our work will stretch far beyond the London 2012 venues and impact on event catering across the UK for years to come.