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The UN’s secret taste for caviar and truffles

21 September 2016

New Yorkers’ commutes, lunch breaks and nights on the town have been shaken up this week by the United Nations General Assembly. But behind closed doors, an even more chaotic scene is unfolding: Kitchen staffers are frantically working to please the picky palates of the hundreds of foreign delegates, world leaders and royalty who have descended on Manhattan.

“Everybody grants every wish, every whim, every whimsy to the heads of state, the delegations and to the parties that fly in on a moment’s notice,” Willis Loughhead, the executive chef at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel, tells The Post. For the past 30 years, Loughhead has worked at many of the city’s most luxurious hotels, often catering to the over-the-top needs of high-powered dignitaries and heads of state. This week at the Barclay, he will feed at least 16 foreign delegations staying at the hotel for the UNGA — and likely many more who drop by for a snack, or a feast.

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