One Olympic chef might think twice before using Google Translate to submit a grocery order again. Because that’s how Stale Johansen ended up with 13,500 more eggs than he needed. That’s a lot of omelets!
Johansen, the chef for Norway’s Olympic team, meant to place an order for only 1,500 eggs, not 15,000, the total amount he ended up with. However, the Korean numerical system is notoriously complicated and one simple syllable can change the decimal place. Hence a mix-up that has us cracking up! (That’s an egg joke, get it?)
Here’s Norwegian chef de mission Tore Ovrebo’s explanation to Reuters.“The eggs was more like a misunderstanding than something that we needed, so it was an extra zero on the order, so 1,500 to 15,000.”
OL-leiren bestilte 1500 egg gjennom å oversette via Google Translate. Men det slo feil. 15.000 ble levert på døra. Vi ønsker lykke til og håper at de norske gullhåpene er glade – veldig glade – i egg: 😁 pic.twitter.com/qaWVpq1Xgy
— Trønder-Avisa (@tronderavisa) February 3, 2018
At first they were worried their country’s athletes would end up with a diet of nothing but hard-boiled eggs, frittatas, and breakfast sandwiches, but luckily the chefs were able to return all the extra eggs after the misunderstanding. (If they were stuck with the delivery, each of Norway’s 121 delegates would have been forced to eat 124 eggs each, over the course of the competition.)
Ordering ingredients, however, is only one of the challenges Olympic chefs will face. They’re also tasked with non-stop cooking and food preparation. “The biggest challenge is that we will serve food almost 24 hours a day,” chef Johansen told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. “We have cross-country skiing and ice skating here, and there is food from half past 8 in the morning for almost two nights.”
As the opening ceremony airs tonight, we’ll be rooting for these chefs, the unsung, hard-working heroes who work 24/7 to sustain your favorite athletes.
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