Beijing will update its catering industry and train more senior
chefs by the end of this year to cater to Beijing 2008 summer
Olympics, according to the city's commerce bureau Wednesday.
"As the Tokyo Olympic Games brought the popularity of the
Japanese sushi and the Seoul Olympics made the Korean kimchi
catchon, we should also take the chance of hosting the Olympics to
make Beijing a 'capital of delicacies,'" Li Zhao, head of Beijing
Municipal Commerce Bureau, has said.
The bureau will give priority to cultivating Beijing cuisine and
upgrading the restaurants. By the end of 2006, 700 restaurants are
expected to reach the nation's second level or above.
In addition, 300 senior cooks will be further trained and live
up to "master chefs." Another 50 specialty restaurants and 50
Muslim's restaurants will also open doors this year.
"In 2008, Beijing will host the 29th Summer Olympic Games and
also sponsor the 2008 International Cooking Competition, so it
should gear up for the big drive," said Li Shijing, head with
Beijing Food Association and a member of Beijing Olympic committee
for food safety.
An estimated 7 million spectators and 270,000 participants,
including athletes, officials, attendants and journalists, will
convene in Beijing during the event, according to sources with the
city's commerce bureau.
"Catering to such a huge event poses a challenge for us as well
as an enormous business opportunity," said Li Zhao.
(Xinhua News Agency, January 11, 2006)