In years that predated the current Food Network craze, the television show ‘Iron Chef’ grabbed our hearts and tummies with its ridiculous mix of competition, culinary creativity, and ridiculous entrees all made with inspiration from a main “theme ingredient.” The show has sustained its success since coming stateside, and even for the NBA’s younger generation it’s fair to assume they’ve seen at least a show or two. Orlando’s Glen Davis has even served as a guest judge.
This is likely what NBA.com’s Lang Whitaker had in mind when he approached several NBA rookies at their initial photoshoot earlier this month, asking them which dish they’d prepare if asked to compete on Iron Chef. Watch:
Sounds like the typical cross section of what most 20 or 21 year-olds would be attempting to work up if given the task. I’m surprised nobody mentioned utilizing a George Foreman Grill.
Lang was nice enough not to force a crazed mystery ingredient on the rookies, there was no river eel or cuttlefish to be found, but that didn’t stop some interesting additions from being tossed out. Still, Kelly Olynyk, steak tartare is so 2003. Get with the times, rook.