SINGAPORE - Local and overseas journalists will have no lack of food while covering the historic summit between the United State and North Korea next week, with a menu that will offer 45 dishes across 15 cuisines to suit all palates.
These will include popular Singapore dishes laksa and chicken rice, which will be served hot at manned stations.
On offer will be Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, French, American, Italian, English, Australian, Brazilian and Middle Eastern food, said Sats which will be providing the lunches and dinners.
It will be a massive operation to feed close to 3,000 journalists who are expected to throng the F1 Pit Building - the official media centre for the summit - in downtown Singapore, from Sunday (June 10) to Wednesday.
Several caterers have been roped in to help feed the journalists meals from breakfast to lunch, tea to dinner, The Sunday Times understands.
They include the Common Good Company - a consortium of Singaporean food and food-related brands like Udders Ice Cream and The Soup Spoon.
The firm will be offering more than 23 different products, including specially customised products such as Kimchi Jiggae Soup and Kimchi Ice Cream.
All the food is being sponsored.
Director Wong Peck Lin said: "In the midst of intense deadlines, there's no reason why harried reporters can't have a taste of Singaporean food and other unique foods."
Airport ground handler and food firm, Sats, which has been tasked with the biggest job, expects to serve more than 7.2 tonnes of food - over 7,000 meals.
About 25 chefs per shift - there will be two shifts per day except on Wednesday - will be stationed at the media centre, the firm told The Sunday Times.
Another 10 workers will take care of logistics and transport.
The bulk of the food will be cooked at the Sats kitchen at Changi Airport.
By the time they are done with all seven lunches and dinners over three and a half days, about 650 manhours would have been spent, Sats' spokesman said.
The task at hand is Sats' biggest job since catering for the WTA Finals in October 2017, when the firm pushed out over 8,000 meals, 72 dishes and 9.1 tonnes of food for top women's tennis players.
Sats president and chief executive officer Alex Hungate said: "It's always good to keep the journalists happy with a delicious meal."