January/February 2002

Rudd of Alegent Health in Omaha helps feed Olympians

Kathleen Rudd, executive chef for Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., is one of 300 food service professionals from across the country chosen to work at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rudd is responsible for food preparation in the Olympic Gold Medal Plaza, where she is responsible for feeding the world’s finest athletes. "I never dreamed I would be selected from the thousands of nominations sent in," she said. "It will be the experience of a lifetime." In preparation for her Olympic assignment, Rudd completed extensive training on everything from global etiquette to security procedures. She is part of a food service team that is expected to prepare and serve 275,000 pounds of beef, 250,000 boxed meals, 83,000 cinnamon rolls, 275,000 cups of hot chocolate, 400,000 hot dogs, 38,000 gallons of soup, 18,000 pounds of pasta and much more during the 17 days of Olympic competition.