Football: Blues trio try their hand at local hawker food

Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Nathan Ake (L to R) frying up char kway teow, under the guidance of north London restaurant Singapore Garden's head chef, Toh Kok Sum.
Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Nathan Ake (L to R) frying up char kway teow, under the guidance of north London restaurant Singapore Garden's head chef, Toh Kok Sum.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ CHELSEA

Local football fans are eagerly awaiting the prospect of seeing the reigning English Premier League champions in action at the National Stadium next month.

Yesterday, Chelsea went a step further to whet the fans' appetite ahead of their appearance at the inaugural International Champions Cup (ICC) Singapore friendly tournament.

The Blues released a light-hearted video clip on their official website yesterday, featuring defensive trio Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Nathan Ake battling it out in a cook-off.

Under the guidance of Toh Kok Sum, head chef of north London restaurant, Singapore Garden, the players tried to cook a local hawker favourite - char kway teow.

The subsequent cook-off was filled with laughter and banter as the players poked fun at one another. Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper and current assistant coach Carlo Cudicini, who was invited as a special guest judge, declared Ake's dish the winner.

Toh opted instead for Luiz's dish as his favourite.

Upon gaining Toh's approval, Luiz proclaimed his love for Singapore and hugged the chef.

Luiz and his Chelsea team-mates are scheduled to be in Singapore for the July 25-29 ICC Singapore friendly tournament, alongside German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Italian Serie A side Inter Milan.

Tickets for the event range between $40 to $188, and are available at Sports Hub Tix.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'Blues trio try their hand at local hawker food'. Print Edition | Subscribe