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Chef Oliver Beckert and his staff at Yew restaurant are putting on their own gold medal performance during the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Feb 1, 2010
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In honour of the Winter Games, the Olympic Salad is made up entirely of rings.
In honour of the Winter Games, the Olympic Salad is made up entirely of rings.
Photography courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
The Olympic burger includes a pound of delicious Kobe beef.
The Olympic burger includes a pound of delicious Kobe beef.
Photography courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Executive Chef Oliver Beckert has his team ready for the heightened excitement of the Winter Games.
Executive Chef Oliver Beckert has his team ready for the heightened excitement of the Winter Games.
Photography courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

The athletes aren’t the only people performing during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Executive Chef Oliver Beckert of YEW restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver expects his staff to serve a tremendous amount of food during the Games. Here’s a sampling of what his staff plans to serve daily to guests:

  • 6,000 strips of bacon
  • 4,000 cans of pop
  • 3,500 cups of coffee
  • 2,500 bottles of beer
  • 800 golden-chocolate medals
  • 600 ham and cheese omelettes
  • 120 portions of fish and chips
  • 100 portions of rice paper and lobster rolls
  • 80 YEW cheeseburgers
  • 20 1-pound Olympic Kobe burgers

The planning began more than a year ago, and the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has been sold out of rooms for the Winter Games period for six months. The Hotel’s banquet space is fully committed, and with eight additional managers and five extra cooks, the Hotel is prepared to have the banquet space open 21 hours a day.

With all of the VIP guests, a city brimming with international athletes and delegates and a location smack in the middle of it all, Beckert is gearing up his team to exceed expectations. “We want to wow them! The dining experience for guests from across the globe or across the bridge will be fantastic,” says Beckert.

Beckert and his team have created an exciting lineup of Olympic-themed dishes just for the Games:

  • The Olympic Burger boasts a pound of Kobe beef, sautéed chanterelle mushrooms, double-smoked Canadian Tyroler bacon, tomato-chilli jam and local Agassiz Farmhouse cheddar.
  • Inspired by the five famous interlocked rings, the Olympic Salad is a healthy, energising combo of veggies, protein, carbohydrates, colour and crunch, all tossed in a vitamin-loaded dressing made with fresh orange juice, yuzu and ginger. It’s a salad made up entirely of rings—grilled squid, leek, anelli pasta, radish, green onions, olives and crispy shallot rings.
  • The Olympic Dessert is all about Canada’s national sport: It’s a dark chocolate–coffee “puck,” muscovado mirror “ice” and crowd-pleasing Cracker Jack ice cream.

Several new drinks join YEW bar’s lineup of Olympic Cocktails including the Energy Boost Cocktail, which features premium local espresso paired with Van Gogh Espresso Vodka to keep guests cheering. Also, the Apple Cider pairs organic apple cider from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley with a Jack Daniels kick to keep guests warm. Finally, the Olympic Torch Cocktail will turn heads. Prepared hot and poured over dry ice, this smoking-good cocktail is only available for purchase to guests whose home country has captured a gold medal that day. Passport required for purchase!

YEW restaurant and bar is open for business for visitors and locals throughout the Games. Guests can expect the quality and service that the Four Seasons name represents with an extra blast of creativity, fun and excitement.

“Vancouver is hosting the Olympics!” Beckert says. “It’s been years in the making and here it is. Being part of the action is exciting. It’s going to be three crazy weeks and we are ready. “Go Canada!”


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