Cookstown McDonald’s worker to serve fries at the London Olympics

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A COOKSTOWN man will be serving up a fast food feast at the Olympics this summer after being chosen to be part of the restaurant’s staff for the sporting highlight of the year.

Seamus Murphy will be among 87,000 McDonald’s staff from across the country to work at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Twenty-three year-old Seamussaid he was delighted to be chosen: “I am delighted to be selected as part of the exclusive McDonald’s team at the Olympic Games.

“It will be a challenge working in a fast paced environment however I am confident in my ability to deliver an outstanding service and good quality food. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and witnessing top Seamus will join the 36 specially selected local crew members from across Northern Ireland who are among a 2,000 strong squad of McDonald’s staff that have been chosen following a rigorous test of their speed, customer service and ability to work as part of a team – all essential skills to deliver the ultimate customer experience during London 2012.”

Last year, 12,000 staff from McDonald’s restaurants across the UK were involved in more than 100 ‘Super Team’ events to select the 2,000 Champion Crew needed to work at the Games. Staff were shortlisted from over 87,500 who work for McDonald’s in the UK after being nominated by their restaurant managers throughout 2011.

As well as working at the Games they’ll also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of London 2012, see at least one Olympic or Paralympic event, go to cultural events and socialise with fellow McDonald’s crew members from across the UK and the world level athletes compete in a range of Olympic events.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, David Walker, said: “I’m delighted that so many staff from across Northern Ireland have been chosen to take part in this fantastic opportunity. McDonald’s was looking for its very best people and they will have to step up their performance to meet the challenges of the Games. “They’ll need to be able to make split second decisions; epitomise McDonald’s team spirit; adapt to new environments quickly and deliver the best possible customer service at a time when the world’s eyes will be on Great Britain – a challenge I’m sure our local crew will more than rise to.”

The crew will travel to London this summer to work across the four temporary McDonald’s restaurants in and around the Olympic park.

They will play a key role in serving an estimated 1.75 million meals in 29 days to 9.7 million spectators, a workforce of 200,000 and 17,000 athletes and team officials quickly and safely. Staff will work for between 7-10 days at their nominated restaurant.