It’s no easy task to feed the 150 cast, crew, and family members that tour with Cirque du Soleil’s "Kurios," but for their team of dedicated cooks, it’s all in a day’s work.
“Restaurants may have the same menu, but we have a different menu every single day for lunch and dinner,” says Sascha Bienvenue-Blum, one of the cooks on the "Kurios" team. “It’s more than just cooking for customers- you get to know people, what they’re like, what they need to eat.”
The "Kurios" kitchen tries to make as much as they can in-house, creating their own bread, pastas, and sausages while adapting to the produce that’s in season in each city the traveling caravan of performers lands in. They scour farmer’s markets, searching for fruits and vegetables that can work for as many as 400 people that they serve every day.
“When we’re executing the food, there’s a lot of thought that comes behind it. Our standards are the same as a restaurant,” says Bienvenue-Blum. “Yes, we’re not plating food, but we still have to have the same standards.”
For the "Kurios" acrobats, meals need to provide them with the strength to toss each other through the air by their ankles. That means high levels of protein and carbohydrates in their meals.
“They burn so much energy that even when they’re not performing, they’re still training,” Bienvenue-Blum explains.
And with cast and crew members from 22 different nationalities, being so far away from home means occasional cravings for food from their home countries. Bienvenue-Blum finds himself making everything from Japanese and Peruvian dishes to traditional Quebecois recipes for the many French-Canadian cast members.
“They want the classic thins they grew up with,” adds Bienvenue-Blum. “Lots of potatoes, root vegetables, a lot of pickling. The nostalgia, and being away from home, that’s what they want. The greatest compliment we get is people who say ‘I love to go out to eat, but I’d rather to come here’."
If you go:
"KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities"
Through July 10
525 William F McClellan Hwy
Tickets start at $35, cirquedusoleil.com