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Well, "Gridiron" is a Cooking Term
Thursday, December 21, 2006 | posted by Mike

Zack CrockettWe've recently mentioned the role in the Food Network has inspiring us to cook. And, yesterday, our Crumbs included a football-related item about Chris Cognac.

So, I guess it's only fitting that I mention an article from a few weeks back about a football player being inspired to cook.

It turns out that Zack Crockett is not only a fullback for the Oakland Raiders. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, he's also a heck of a cook.

How good is he?

"Borderline spectacular," said defensive tackle Warren Sapp, a regular at the Crockett table. "That man is the best cook I've ever seen, as a male, except for Emeril."

Deep-fried turkey is a specialty, which I suppose isn't terribly surprising considering that you would expect grilling and frying from a big, burly football player like Crockett. But his cooking does include some more refined dishes, as well, with a Thanksgiving spread that included, "ham, Peking duck, curried goat, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, sweet peas and candied yams."

Crockett mentions that his culinary inspirations include family members and food TV, with Emeril and Two Fat Ladies among his favorites. Once he retires (Retiring in your 30s sounds good to me!), he may even go to culinary school.


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