Football: Chelsea players cook up a storm ahead of ICC Singapore

Chelsea players (from left) Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Nathan Ake trying their hand at frying char kway teow while being watched by Singapore Garden head chef Toh Kok Sum.
Chelsea players (from left) Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Nathan Ake trying their hand at frying char kway teow while being watched by Singapore Garden head chef Toh Kok Sum.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB

SINGAPORE - While the prospect of the reigning English champions strutting their stuff at the National Stadium is tantalising enough, Chelsea have gone a step further to whet local fans' appetites.

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

Head chef K.S. Toh from North London-based restaurant Singapore Garden was on hand to guide the players in whipping up a traditional favourite, the char kway teow.

The mood throughout the competition was filled with laughter and banter as the players poked fun at one another.

Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper and current assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was invited to judge the dishes together with Toh.

The Italian chose Ake's dish as the winner, dismissing Cahill's interpretation as "soggy". Toh, on the other hand, opted for Luiz's dish as his favourite.

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

The Brazilian looks set to return to Singapore after his first visit in 2014 where Brazil took on Japan in an international friendly at the National Stadium.

Luiz and his Chelsea team-mates will be in town from July 25 - 29 for the inaugural International Champions Cup (ICC) Singapore friendly tournament, alongside top European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Tickets for the ICC Singapore are priced from $40 to $188, and are available at Sports Hub Tix.

Details of the tournament can be found at http://www.internationalchampionscup.com/territories/sg