THE main catering contract for the Hong Kong Stadium has been awarded to the Holiday Inn Golden Mile. The five-year contract, signed between the hotel and Wembley International Ltd, covers more than 90 per cent of the catering facilities. Under the agreement, the hotel will provide catering services for the 50 corporate boxes and four lounges on the club level of the stadium. It also has sole vending rights to sell its products directly to the seated audience, and to operate five of the 18 concession stands. ''Holiday Inn Golden Mile stood out among its competitors,'' said Wembley spokesman Joseph Suceveanu. ''The hotel's resources gave them a competitive edge - experienced personnel with a solid history in outside catering and facilities available to produce their food items in-house.'' The team heading up the stadium operation includes the executive assistant manager in charge of food and beverage, Ron Podlas, and the assistant food and beverage manager, Richard Gosling. Executive chef - Hong Kong Stadium - is Gerd Beckmann who has more than 30 years in the industry. Together, the team brings more than 100 years of professional experience to the venue. ''The corporate boxes and lounges will be very up-market so, naturally, our top people are involved,'' said public relations manager Sharon Ballack. ''We'll be serving five-star cuisine in the form of set menus or buffets. We expect the buffets to be popular with the suite holders because it's a casual style of eating which is ideally suited for watching a major sporting event, such as the Sevens, atthe same time.'' Executive suite capacity is 16 for a sit-down meal and 30 for a buffet. The four lounges, with bars situated on the same level as the corporate boxes, are for the exclusive use of spectators on the club level. An a la carte menu will be available in thelounges. The quality of the food on sale to the general public at the concession stands will also be of the same high standard customers would expect to find in the Holiday Inn's restaurants. ''We have a large butchery with built-in smoke-house which is unusual in Hong Kong. All cold cuts, such as sausages, salami and smoked meats, will be prepared by our chefs. That means the flavour of the food is guaranteed to be authentic.'' Many of the Western items will be available at Delicatessen Corner in the hotel's European restaurant, but a wide variety of Asian favourites has been added. The food will be fresh as all non-smoked items will be prepared at the stadium. ''We'll be operating three kitchens: the largest is situated in the basement and has full cooking facilities for Western and Asian dishes, plus pastries and baked items,'' said Ms Ballack. Two satellite kitchens are located on the club level. Prices will be reasonable. ''Cheeseburgers - which are huge and include lots of garnish - will cost $22, a large fried rice, $16, and spaghetti bolognaise, $18.'' The hotel had gained considerable experience in catering for Hong Kong's major sporting events over the past seven years which had held it in good stead for the new contract. In 1993, it was appointed official caterer for seven events, including the Salem Open Tennis, the Kent Golf Open, the First Pacific Bank Challenge and the Marlboro Championships. About 350 staff will be utilised for catering purposes on event days, and for preparation one or two days beforehand. For major events such as the Rugby Sevens, more than 700 staff will be required. The staff cafeteria will service over 550 hotel and Wembley staff on event days. ''Twenty staff will be placed permanently at the stadium,'' Ms Ballack said. Currently, there are about 35 major events planned for 1994. This includes sporting events, concerts, charity and local cultural events. Due to the size of the operation, general manager Juergen Baumhoff and executive chef Alfred Brugner were heavily involved in ensuring the facilities were ready in time for the grand opening. ''This is the most challenging and exciting project we have undertaken,'' said Mr Baumhoff. ''We regard it as an honour, but we are also experiencing opening night butterflies. It's not going to be an easy task but, in sporting terms, we will certainly be giving it our best shot.''