Food, health and MVPs: An interview with Zion Williamson’s personal chef

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Pelicans hope to contend for an NBA title next season, but for that to happen they will need a healthy Zion Williamson.

All signs point to that happening, as Zion has been working out with teammates, and looks to be in great shape.

A big part of that is diet and nutrition, which will be handled by Christian Green, a MasterChef contestant and Zion’s personal chef.

Chef Green is from Louisiana and has spent the last 15 years cooking in New Orleans, where he owns a catering company and cooks for athletes like Marcus Davenport of the Saints among many others.

Chef Green is a rising star in the culinary world and now has his most high-profile client in Zion Williamson. He was kind enough to answer some questions I had about food, sports and Zion’s health, which will be crucial to the success of the Pelicans next season.

I’d like to thank Chef Green for sharing some of his expertise, which you can also check out on Instagram.

He shared some insight into Zion’s diet, his favorite ingredients, what it’s like to be on MasterChef and made a bold prediction for the upcoming season.

New Orleans Pelicans: Interview with Zion Williamson’s personal chef

Hello Chef Green, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, I really appreciate it. As an NBA writer whose passion is food, this is a dream interview.

-How would you describe your food style and how does it relate to the culture of New Orleans? 

“I tell people all of the time, I’m more of a rustic chef, you know, my food style is very rustic, unique, distinct and very creative. I feel that’s what my food style is.”

-How did you get into cooking for athletes? Do you play sports yourself?

“I used to play sports, not any more, but I got into cooking with athletes when I was contacted by the Pels a couple years ago and also when I started doing little private catering gigs. I also cooked for Alvin Kamara and his friends, as well as CJ Spiller, Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram and I can go on and on, so even though I’m not professional (athlete), I’ve been around those guys, and it’s pretty dope.