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Food @ F1: low quality, high price

india Updated: Oct 31, 2011 17:40 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times
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You thought just the Grand Prix tickets cost a bomb? Well, the food hurt visitors just as much. Two ordinary samosas at the Buddh International Circuit made fans poorer by Rs 100, a humble gulab jamun by Rs 50 and a plate of plain raajma chaawal, by Rs 250.



What’s more, spectators complained that the exorbitantly priced food items were sub-standard. Former Bigg Boss inmate Sakshi Pradhan, who went to see the race, said, "The food was senselessly expensive and of poor quality. I was shocked when my dad paid Rs 100 for two samosas, which were worse than local ones."



Stylist Akanksha Jain said, "The prices pinched a lot when you had already spent so much on the tickets. The food that they sold is available everywhere at one fourth the price. But since you were not allowed to carry any food inside, you had no choice."



http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/burger-king.jpgThe long queues didn’t make it any better. "It was only after a 20-minute wait that you got your order, which made many fans go hunting for restaurants nearby," said Sumit Prasad, who attended the event.



The caterers who had put up stalls at the venue included leading names such as Sodexo Prestige, Kwality Catering, Haldiram’s, Bikanerwala, and Continental Caterers. Kunal Goswami, project head of Fusion Sporting Venture, the catering consultant for the event, said, "There’s no way the samosa could have landed there at a lower cost. We catered for 1,00,000 people a day, some 65 km away from the city and had to ensure the highest hygiene standards. The logistics were killing and that’s the reason the cost had gone up." He added that people did not like the food as it was not spicy enough for the Indian palette.

What made fans go gulp

A cup of tea/coffee: Rs 50
Normally costs: Rs 5- Rs 15

Gulab jamun: Rs 50
Normally costs: Rs 10

A plate of two samosas: Rs 100
Normally costs: Rs 12- Rs 15

Daal chawal: Rs 250
Normally costs: Rs 30- Rs 40

Mattar rice: Rs 250
Normally costs: Rs 30- Rs 40

Veg burger: Rs 200
Normally costs: Rs 30

Chicken burger: Rs 250
Normally costs: Rs 50

Veg patty: Rs 100
Normally costs: Rs 15

Brownie/muffin: Rs 100
Normally costs: Rs 30- Rs 40