Traditions of different countries are taken into account when drawing up the menu for participants of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Baku, chief cook Elmar Shahmammadov told Trend Mar. 14.
“Athletes from China, Iraq, Australia, as well as Greece and Romania will participate for the first time in the World Cup in artistic gymnastics in Baku, and the menu will include their national dishes as well,” he said.
The FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup will be held in Baku on March 16-19. Athletes from 23 countries are expected to perform at the World Cup to be hosted by the Azerbaijani capital for the second time.
Shahmammadov also said the menu includes dishes of Muslim, European and Asian countries.
“Today we have Azerbaijani, Italian and Chinese cuisines,” said the chef. “As for the Azerbaijani cuisine, the foreign gymnasts liked yarpag dolmasi (stuffed grape leaves), kelem dolmasi (stuffed cabbage leaves), plov (cooked rice) and levengi (walnut stuffing for chicken or fish).”
Shahmammadov said the menu is always agreed and approved by physicians.
“We have nutritionists who coordinate our work when drawing up the menus for athletes,” he noted. “Breakfasts are prepared for gymnasts on recommendations of the nutritionists.”
“A weekly dietary menu is prepared for some athletes on the prescription by a physician,” he said.
Shahmammadov noted that the menu for athletes includes only natural products, and no fast food.
“We offer athletes a variety of fruits – oranges, tangerines, apples, as well as compotes from different fruits,” he added. “In addition, a cauliflower salad is necessarily served.”
He noted that the menu changes every day, and new yummies are awaiting the athletes tomorrow.