The NBA Called In A Professional All-Star Chef To Fix The NBA Bubble Food Situation

Photo credit: ChefLoving.com/Instagram/troydaniels30
Photo credit: ChefLoving.com/Instagram/troydaniels30

From Delish

In mid-July, NBA players began arriving to the “NBA Bubble” in Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Photos of their less-than-desirable food options quickly turned into memes, and although those photos only showed the food they were given for the first 36 hours in Le Bubble, the league brought in chef Shawn Loving to fix the problem.

Shawn Loving is an executive chef for Team USA basketball, so he has experience cooking for elite athletes in larger quantities. Though it’s unclear just how many people are in the NBA bubble, The Daily Beast reported that Loving feeds about 125 people in three different waves of meals. A team’s practice and game schedule will affect when and how they eat, such as a pre-practice smoothie or a post-game recovery snack.

When NBA players first started arriving, they were tested for COVID-19 and then

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The All-Star Chef Tasked With Fixing the NBA Bubble’s Food Nightmare

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/handout
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/handout

It’s been eons since early July, when athletes first arrived at the NBA bubble and started joking about poorly-lit photos of pasta. The gist of the mini media scandal was the food; namely, that it wasn’t fine dining. The whole ordeal had the trappings of a second Fyre Festival: very rich guys semi-stranded in less-than-luxury accommodations, forced to eat meals resembling summer camp fare in takeout containers.

The sob story later proved overblown. The pictured meals were only served during the 36-hour isolation period, arriving individually packaged in biodegradable containers, as many of the bubble’s servers—unlike the athletes—were not granted daily testing, creating what The Athletic called “the Disney food’s aesthetics problem.” After players emerged from their lockdowns, they had several alternatives, including local restaurant delivery and the option to hire a private chef. 

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But the NBA responded to the attention anyway. After

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Kitchen Appliance Pros Swear Your Food Processor Is Way Better Than Your Blender for Most Cooking Tasks

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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Food processors and blenders are similar in theory: A container with a blade inside, topped with a lid, sitting on a stand with a motor to power it all. But that is as far as it goes for similarities. Their work bowl shape, blade style and accessories, cause them to differ in terms of what foods they are ideal for.

“In general, the two have different purposes,” says Nicole Papantoniou, Senior Testing Editor of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab:

  • A blender has a jar with blades at the on the bottom that cut food into small particles and whirl them around. That’s why the blender purees and liquifies so well. This makes it better for recipes where a smooth, even consistency is key. Blenders also crush ice, so they’re the best for frozen drinks. Overall, the blender works best when liquid

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Sacramento chef launches Michelin Minivan, a ‘Michelin-quality’ food delivery service

J.D. Snead calls the Michelin Minivan a “quarantine baby.”

Before the pandemic started, Snead cooked at Kasbah — a Middle Eastern eatery in midtown — and bartended at the Shady Lady saloon. But like many workers in the restaurant industry, he was out of a job once the stay-at-home order arrived in mid-March.

“I just kept cooking for my sanity,” said Snead.

He made chicken adobo, a dish that pays homage to his Filipino-Scottish roots; he ventured into Italian food, Hawaiian poke and Korean barbecue. Soon, he realized he could be “selling these plates just to have some stream of revenue, whether it’s like 10 bucks a day, 20 bucks a day.”

And so, in late April, the Michelin Minivan was born — a local food delivery service that, according to its Facebook page, “supplies you with Michelin-quality food for a very affordable price.” Its offerings are always changing, with

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