British firm PKL is providing all the kitchens and catering infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games that are currently taking place in Australia, FEJ can reveal.
Caterers at the Gold Coast Games are using PKL temporary kitchens to produce food for 6,500 athletes and team officials, plus 2,000 on site staff.
The kitchens are operating 24 hours a day and can serve anything up to 25,000 meals in that period, with cuisine options from many of the 71 participating countries.
PKL has had a dedicated team in the country since October to receive delivery of the 1,000 pieces of equipment and to arrange and supervise installation.
Now that the Games are underway, a team of PKL engineers is stationed at the Gold Coast maintaining equipment, attending to any problems, helping to train staff, and making sure the kitchens stay operational during the three-week event.
The Commonwealth Games is the third major sports event that the Cheltenham-based outfit has provided kitchen design, installation and technical support for the last year. It served the World University games in Taipei in July 2017 and the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month.
PKL’s international director Peter Schad said that PKL’s expertise and track record of managing large-scale catering projects meant it was well-prepared to take on the latest task.
“Our team has huge experience of this kind of project, and we have worked hard to refine our design, equipment preparation, shipping, installation, maintenance and then breaking down the setup to a fine art,” explained. “We’ve developed systems and techniques that help us provide the service these large events need, and we’ve built an enviable reputation for not letting our clients down.”
Mr Schad added that PKL selects its staff carefully and plans for such schemes at its specialist kitchen preparation facility in the UK. “They are what allow us to compete on the world stage and to win these contracts,” he said.
The company currently employs around 90 staff and has successfully completed over 10,000 temporary kitchen hires worldwide, as well as over 200 permanent kitchen installations.