While we're waiting for the labor talks to break, here's a must-read article from Bon Appetit Magazine about Amare Stoudemire's relationship with his private chef, Maxcel Hardy, and his weekly cuisine lifestyle and kosher diet.
Stoudemire first met "Chef Max," as he calls him, three years ago in Miami. The Knicks superstar was there with some friends and was looking for a chef to cook for them. Hardy, who had been cooking up specialities for the stars since 2002, was a logical choice. Not long after, Hardy packed his bags for New York City to become STAT's full-time chef.
Stoudemire's trip to Israel during the summer of 2010 inspired him to maintain a kosher diet. So now Hardy buys kosher beef and chicken, and avoids pork. However, there are exceptions. "If Amare had a good game, he might want crab legs, or maybe lobster macaroni and cheese," Hardy says.
While Stoudemire stays healthy during the week, he cheats a bit on the weekends -- a tradition he's kept since growing up in Florida. "My aunt always cooked a huge meal on Sundays," Stoudemire says. "I want to keep that tradition alive here. So on Sundays, Chef Max lays it all out, and a bunch of friends come over. We call it Soul Food Sundays."
Stoudemire's dinner parties include a diverse mix, just like his off-the-court business portfolio. One evening included Marquis Jet co-founder Jesse Itzler, his wife, Sara Blakely, the inventor of Spanx, Wayne Pinkney, who works with Stoudemire at Nike, and the rapper Fabolous.
And what about Stoudemire's skills in the kitchen? Well, let's just say he's giving it a whirl. "It's fun to cook, man. And it's intriguing to the ladies," Stoudemire says, laughing. "You score a few more 'cool points' that way."
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