Judy Joo

Chef Judy Joo shares an intimate look at life on the ground at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Alison Spiegel
February 25, 2018

Between David Chang's segments as a special correspondent for NBC Sports, Molly Yeh's recap of her time reporting on figure skating and snacking her way through Olympic Village, and, of course, Chloe Kim's tweets, we've gotten a pretty good glimpse of what the food has been like on that ground at the Pyeongchang Olympics. But when chef and TV personality Judy Joo took over Food&Wine's Instagram, we learned a whole lot more about the Olympic Village that we hadn't heard before. 

So, in honor of the final hours of the Winter Games, here are six fun facts you haven't read yet:

The local food was a hit, but everyone wanted to check out the McDonald's shaped like a burger and fries. 

"The local fare was definitely the most popular, with the exception of the crazy McDonalds shaped like a burger, shake and french fries," says Joo. "There was a queue pretty much all day long from opening to close. Everything was automated inside, touch screen ordering, etc."

 

Judy Joo

Austria House was the life of the party.

"They were the biggest partiers: open late with DJs spinning and slides and snow-ball (snow volley ball) outside, with palm trees."

Switzerland House imported 5 tons of cheese.

For classics like raclette and fondue, the Swiss house imported an impossible amount of cheese. They also made fresh sausages in-house.

Canada House couldn't keep up with the demand for poutine. 

The chef at Canada's house has the word poutine tattooed on the inside of his lip, but that dedication to the country's most famous dish was no match for the hungry appetites at the Olympics. Joo says they found "an artisan cheese maker outside of Seoul to make cheese curds [for the poutine], but they were going through so much of it that she couldn’t keep up." 

 

Judy Joo

If you want to use a napkin, you might have to settle for something else.

“Koreans don’t really do napkins," Joo says, "and often you’ll just be given a tissue box or a roll of toilet paper to wipe your hands off with your meal.“

USA house brought its own peanut butter.

Though the United States' house used mostly local ingredients, the chefs did bring along some key items, like peanut butter.