People often say, in an off-the-cuff way, that something they organised was ‘like a military operation’. Well, this week’s guest, Harry Lomas, really does know what it’s like to run a kitchen as a huge, well-oiled military machine.
Harry’s strategic skills have been honed by the 34 years he spent with the British Army. His amazing career included a stint with The Royal Household; the position of Master Chef with the Parachute Regiment in Cyprus and, to round off, being responsible for feeding troops around the world, including Afghanistan. There he was involved in rebuilding the kitchen at Camp Bastion, which had to serve 25,000 troops at each sitting.
The statistics become more eye-watering with Harry’s next role, overseeing the catering for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. As you’ll hear, the prospect of serving 147,000 people a day, never seemed to daunt Harry. That’s probably why he’s the perfect fit for the title he holds now: Head of Culinary at Wembley Stadium.
At which point, I’ll hand over to the great strategist himself. Only Harry can explain the complexities of cooking different meals for thousands of football fans – and making sure they’re back in their seats before kick-off.