Bon Appetit With The Knights


Aug 23, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza
UCFKnights.com

Beef, broccoli and big slabs of steak are just a few things the Knights' football team ate during this year's fall camp.

Each day during camp, Collins Catering provided the Knights with breakfast, lunch and dinner at Bright House Networks Stadium. Overall, the football team consumed more than 4,000 pounds of food during that time period.

"We prepare for 160 people each meal," said Executive Chef Chip Pacilio. "That's almost 500 people that we feed every day and then we prep for 500 for the next day. In order to do the process we have to work two days out and order three days out. So it's constant juggling."

The caterer's day starts very early for each day of camp. The crew arrives at work at 3 am and has to leave Collins Catering by 5 am to make sure breakfast will be served on time. The process continues for both lunch and dinner because each meal has to leave Collins Catering at least two hours before it's served.

"We spend a lot of hours here," joked Ricardo Osborne, Executive Sous Chef.

On top of the hours the caterers spend serving the players during camp, the crew is at the football stadium every morning during the season to serve the team breakfast and are at every home game as well.

To have a better idea of how much food the Knights ate during fall camp check out the list below:

  • Pasta - 600 lbs
  • Potatoes - 800 total
  • Salad - 420 lbs
  • Steak - 330 lbs
  • Catfish - 180 lbs
  • Cheesy Broccoli - 200 lbs
  • Chicken Burgers - 120 lbs
  • Dinner Rolls - 1,200 total
  • Bacon - 10,000 pieces
  • Sausage - 8,000 pieces
  • Eggs - 420 lbs
  • Mashed Potatoes - 420 lbs
  • Macaroni and Cheese - 500 lbs
  • Ranch Dressing - 48 gallons

To find out more about what the Knights ate for fall camp and how the caterers prepare to serve a hungry football team, watch the video above.


 

 

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