Chefs serve up cool hits at Auckland ten­nis

Weekend Herald - - News -

It hasn’t just been ten­nis stars do­ing the hard yards in swel­ter­ing heat dur­ing the ASB Clas­sic.

The of­fer­ings of cater­ing crews at the ten­nis arena on Stan­ley St have also proven to be a smash hit in the warm con­di­tions.

Ahead of to­day’s men’s fi­nal, tour­na­ment of­fi­cials have re­vealed some of the most pop­u­lar items on the menu over the past two weeks.

And un­sur­pris­ing with the tem­per­a­tures hit­ting the high 20s — com­bined with high hu­mid­ity — dur­ing the sum­mer of ten­nis, ice­cream fea­tures promi­nently.

“Thou­sands and thou­sands” of ice­cream serves have been de­voured court­side.

A team of 65 chefs in 10 kitchens have been look­ing af­ter the nour­ish­ment of play­ers and fans alike.

The culi­nary team have cooked

180kg of lamb racks, three tonne of waf­fle fries, 800 duck legs, made

2800 sand­wiches and used 200kg of Ka¯piti cheese.

Seafood has also been a pop­u­lar ten­nis sta­ple, in­clud­ing 600kg of salmon, 250kg of snap­per and 140kg of sus­tain­able tuna be­ing served up.

The tra­di­tional grand­stand and ter­race seats haven’t been the only pop­u­lar view­ing points, with the plush Moet and Chan­don Rac­quet Club also prov­ing to be a hit — in­clud­ing the pop-up club’s pool which car­ries 13,000 litres of wa­ter.

And with tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to reach 27C for to­day’s fi­nal, ice­cream stands — and the pool — are ex­pected to again prove pop­u­lar.

Fans court­side, and other Auck­lan­ders, should try to en­joy the sun­shine as much as they can this af­ter­noon, with show­ers ex­pected in the re­gion tonight.

And while a high of 27C is again fore­cast for to­mor­row, show­ers and cloudy pe­ri­ods are also ex­pected. Some brief spells of rain are likely in Auckland on Mon­day, as well as sunny spells.

MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Lisa Mur­ray said next week would likely bring Auckland some respite from some fairly hu­mid weather.

A cooler Mon­day would make way for some sun later in the week, when day tem­per­a­tures would hover around the mid 20s.

The rest of the North Is­land can ex­pect a sim­i­lar week­end — apart from parts of the Waikato and western Bay of Plenty which could po­ten­tially be hit by thun­der­storms.

Wet weather was linked to a front mov­ing up the coun­try, reach­ing Auckland by Mon­day morn­ing.

Down south, the West Coast would get the best of the week­end weather. Fine weather with “plenty” of sun­shine was fore­cast to­day, though a fine Sun­day morn­ing could be in­ter­cepted with some wet weather in the af­ter­noon.

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