US Open 2013 Food Preview: Tony Mantuano, David Burke, Masaharu Morimoto

Tony Mantuano's antipasto plate.

For the chefs who serve food to the roughly 700,000 fans at the U.S. Open, the challenge of satisfying massive hordes each year while also adapting your menu to changing trends can be tricky.

Tony Mantuano, owner of New York’s Spiaggia, starts planning for the two-week-long event up to nine months in advance. This year he was focused on sourcing his food locally.

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Walter Bond, former NBA player, to star in new Food Network show

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During Walter Bond’s senior year of college, he was nearly ready to give up on his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association.

The 6-foot-5 University of Minnesota shooting guard certainly made for an unlikely NBA prospect. He had spent three seasons trying to get off the bench, only to have his senior year cut short by injuries.

His father encouraged him to set his sights on the NBA anyway.

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Food Network Throws Down With Serious NFL Eats

Signature Sloppy Joe

Last Sunday when Eli Manning was leading the Giants to a comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fans at the Giants’ MetLife Stadium were chowing down on Food Network meat sandwiches and mac and cheese.

The Food Network is selling its signature sloppy Joe — ground beef, with slab bacon, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese and fried onions — as well as Joes with regional twists, hot dogs and other food at six NFL stadiums this season.

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2012 US Open Menu Features Star Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, David Burke and Tony Manuano

Masaharu Morimoto grates wasabi root for John McEnroe.

It’s not easy setting up a high-end restaurant, knowing it will serve massive crowds the moment it opens its doors.

At the U.S. Open Food Tasting Preview, on Aug. 23, celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, David Burke and Tony Manuano showed off the food they created for the world’s highest-attended annual sporting event, but said they would have little time to catch matches or hobnob with tennis stars.

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