A double Olympic champion learns to be a chef
With such a short time since the Olympic Games held this summer in London, I was particularly struck by the fact that one of the best swimmers on the international scene today, Garret Weber-Gale, double Olympic champion, is learning to be a chef.
Weber-Gale, a twenty-six-year-old American swimmer, was the first American to drop 48 seconds in the 100-meter swim, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won two gold medals. But in addition to having all those titles, he is passionate about food and cooking.
In 2005, at the age of nineteen, he was diagnosed with hypertension. Doctors told her she was very likely to have a stroke or heart attack and cut salt out of her diet. On the advice of his parents, he visited a nutritionist to teach him how to eat and that is how he discovered his passion for cooking. At the same time, he realized that taking care of his diet improved his performance as an athlete.
From his Athletic Foodie blog he tries to instill in people that a better quality of life can be achieved through diet. "To be the best you have to learn from the best", he says. With this philosophy he decided that he should work with the most famous chefs and in the best restaurants in the world.
Thus began a journey that has taken him through the crème de la crème of international cuisines. He has been to Boulud (New York), Castello delle Regine (Italy), Maison Troisgros (France) and Noma (Denmark). Almost nothing. Currently, he is doing his internship in Spain, the chosen restaurant has been El Celler de Can Roca, where he will stay until September 22.
I imagine being a sports celebrity is not enough to get to work in such famous places. Weber-Gale will be able to use the rigid discipline learned in his training as an elite athlete to work in a kitchen. A double Olympic champion who learns to be a chef. As he puts it: "chefs and athletes are relentless in their pursuit of perfection."
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