Published: January 6th, 2009 | Tags: Kris Jenkins
You know what they say about chefs — it’s always a good sign when they look like they, shall we say, enjoy their work. And it certainly appeared as if the guest chef at the Huddle Café — the employee cafeteria at the NFL’s New York office — likes to eat.
But this guest chef wasn’t the latest rising star at some midtown Manhattan eatery. It was none other than New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins — all 6-foot-4, 349 pounds of him (if you believe the media guide, that is).
Jenkins served up Kobe beef sliders, with the aid of the NFL’s executive chef, Marc Payero. The visit was a preseason game of sorts. Jenkins will join Chef Marc in Tampa on Jan. 31 for the annual Taste of the NFL. In its 18th year, Taste of the NFL is a fundraiser that brings together top chefs from all 32 NFL cities, along with a former or current NFL player from each team. Since 1992, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $8 million for hunger-related charities.
This is the first year that the NFL office will be represented, so Chef Marc was excited to recruit a partner who seems comfortable around food. The dish he and Jenkins will be preparing at Taste of the NFL is going to be a Guava Glazed Duck Breast Tostada with Green Mango Salad and Cilantro Lime Aioli.
“The Kobe Beef Sliders were a big hit,” said Payero. In fact, they were down to their final two sliders when commissioner Roger Goodell showed up. The commissioner — whose preference at the Huddle is usually the salad bar — couldn’t resist. He ordered up the final two sliders and then sat down with Jenkins for about 30 minutes.