Jets players cook up a storm

A number of Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets players tested their skills in the kitchen with a cooking class last week.

A number of Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets players tested their skills in the kitchen with a cooking class last week.

The class was organised in order to give some of the younger members of the Jets squad the opportunity to learn how to prepare quick and nutritious meals for themselves.

Using fruit and vegetables supplied by HV Lovett and meat supplied by Somerset Meats, the players put together a variety of dishes.

“The idea behind it was to make sure that they all know how to cook a basic healthy meal,” Hunter Sports Group dietician Peta Carige said.

“A lot of the young boys have moved here by themselves and are all living together rather than with someone older who can cook for them.

“Jacob Pepper was pretty good, he did a class last year, but the surprise package was Dominik Ritter. Even though he struggled a bit reading the recipes, he had impressive chopping skills and he learned really quickly.”

Jets midfielder Mitch Oxborrow was one of the players who took part in the class and he said it was very beneficial for him.

“Considering I-ve never really done anything revolving around cooking, it was good to get my hands into some of the nitty gritty stuff and start making some food,” he said.

“I lived out of home for a year before when I was at the AIS in Canberra, but all the food was prepared for you.”

“If you eat the wrong foods, you-re not going to be prepared for training and games, so it-s important to make sure you get you diet right before and after game day.”

Oxborrow lives with teammates Adam Taggart, Connor Chapman and Jack Duncan and said he is ready to take on more responsibility in the kitchen.

“I-ll give it a try and see what happens and if the boys think it-s bad I-ll know it-s a no-go,” he said.

“If it-s successful I-ll keep making the same foods and see what happens from there.”