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Cooking up a storm Published: 19 July 2013

Cooking up a storm

Lords.org goes behind the scenes during the second Investec Test between England and Australia to meet the MCC chefs that look after hungry visitors to the Home of Cricket.

With a full-time team of six, that swells to around 65 on major match days, the MCC chefs cater for thousands of spectators a day.

It's a very busy time for the chefs, who've been planning throughout the winter to make sure the food is spot on come the cricket season.

An Ashes kitchen

With thirteen satellite kitchens throughout the ground it is a big operation and MCC Executive Chef Tim Harrington admits that during a Test he doesn't know exactly how much food is eaten.

"I've never weighed it," he joked with Lord's TV.

"All I know is that we have a fantastic team, delivering a fantastic product."

MCC Head Chef Karl Pearce said: "Cricket for me is similar to cooking, it's a passion."

As an Australian, Pearce always dreamed of coming to Lord's and now walks through the Grace Gate every morning.

The current Ashes series is allowing for plenty of chatter amongst him and his colleagues.

"It keeps the kitchen lively and you need a bit of banter when you have long days!"


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