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French Fries, Avocado, Foie Gras Banned at Paris Olympics – Here’s Why!

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Starting July 26, French fries will no longer be available at the dining hall in the Olympic Village for the Paris Olympics.

On May 29, The New York Times (NYT) quoted a kitchen operator at the Olympic Village dining hall saying that French fries and foie gras would not be served.

French fries will not be served due to the fire risk involved in deep-frying them. Instead, athletes can enjoy Patatas Bravas, a Spanish potato dish.

Foie gras (goose liver), one of the world’s three most exquisite delicacies, will also not be served due to concerns over animal cruelty. Its production method, which involves forcibly injecting feed geese through a hose to fatten their livers, has been widely criticized as inhumane.

Avocados, which have been singled out as a significant contributor to environmental destruction due to the large amounts of water used in their production and the high carbon emissions during export, have also been removed from the menu.

France aims to reduce carbon emissions at the Paris Olympics. To achieve this, 80% of the ingredients used in the Olympic Village dining hall will be sourced from France, with 25% grown within 154 miles (248 kilometers) of Paris. Disposable cutlery and plates will also be banned.

The dining hall in the Olympic Village, which will be set up on the site of an old power plant, will serve around 500 dishes.

Chef Stéphane Chicheri, who is in charge of the Olympic Village, said, “We will be serving dishes0 that showcase France’s pride, including cheese, veal steak with mild sauce to enhance its natural flavor, and baguettes baked by the finest artisans in France.” In addition, Michelin 3-star chefs from France will present creative French dishes.

Daniel Kim
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