RUGBY FANS at this weekend’s Wasps game will get a taste of what it’s like to play for the side as the club’s head chef sets up camp in the Fan Village.
Gaurav Abbi, the man behind the food at Wasps new training ground at Broadstreet Rugby Club, has inspired the new matchday initiative named ‘Eat Like a Wasps Player’.
Starting this week against the Exeter Chiefs, the new attraction will see fans have their questions answered about players’ fitness, their diet and some of the recipes behind the training ground menu.
As well as fuelling the first team, Abbi will be ensuring supporters can stay in fine voice throughout the day serving up his kitchen wonders before kick-off at 2pm.
Martin Fallon, marketing manager for Wasps, said the interest in the players’ nutrition has grown massively since the club’s move to the Ricoh Arena.
He added: “One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our supporters is around the fitness and diet of players.
“Rugby players are among the fittest and most resilient of all professional sports people and the physical demands placed on them are immense.
“A large part of that is down to diet – what they eat, when they eat and how they use diet in recovery.
“Abbi is a superb guy and an incredibly popular member of Wasps’ rugby department so we have taken his inspiration and asked Ricoh Arena chefs to re-create some dishes on match day.
“They will be available to all supporters who visit our Fan Village before our homes games.”
Abbi, who moved up with the club from their Action training base over the summer, said he’s planning a few surprises.
He said: “I like to be creative in the kitchen and shaking it up a bit keeps the players interested in what they are eating, and really aware of why we prepare certain dishes for them at certain times.
“We will be doing the same on match days.
“Two dishes the players have had that week will be offered to supporters giving the same nutritional values and benefits. “I cater for the full range of ages at Wasps from the Academy through to the first team and it is humbling that so many people have shown an interest in what we are preparing for the players each day.”