Hey guys, I hope that after checking out my previous post introducing you to The Performance Kitchen you’ve had the opportunity to go and visit them at their new channel to see what it’s all about and why it’s such an exciting concept!
Just to give you a brief summary if you didn’t see it. Performance Kitchen is a YouTube channel that hosts professional athletes who bring with them their favourite pre and post-workout/competition recipes and then cook them with the presenter.
You get a real insight into their diet, why they eat certain meals and what their general training is like. You also get a more personal feeling about them as people that other shows have perhaps failed to deliver.
As many of you know by now, I’m due to appear on the show at some point at the end of the Summer for Food&Fitness Always’ first channel takeover! I’m really excited about this wonderful opportunity to go and cook alongside professional athletes and share their knowledge of the fitness world, whilst I share my knowledge of cooking in the kitchen.
Today I wanted to write a little something about one of their latest videos on their channel and go into more detail about why I believe the channel is so exciting to the food and fitness world.
The guest this week was crossfit athlete Lee Steggles who appeared alongside Zara Buck who was hosting the show. Lee appeared very confident from start to finish and brought with him two dishes to share; “Turkey & Bacon Pasta” – a dish that he would typically eat post-workout or of an evening, as well as what he described as a “Real Simple Porridge“, which can be cooked as a breakfast or snack.
What I like about the show is that the ingredients/shopping list appears right away once the dish has been announced, and with the beauty of appearing on YouTube you can simply pause the video and write down the ingredients for trying it out yourself.
Lee then goes on to discuss CrossFit and really describes it in detail to give you an excellent insight into a relatively new form of gym concept. The idea is to make you yourself ‘the machine’ so that you take away the exercise machines by focusing on a ‘rig’ in which you can carry out the majority of your exercises all in the one place.
It’s so useful just hearing Lee’s reply when Zara asks him about the first dish – “so what is so beneficial about this meal?” – Lee responds with the fact that it will replenish the depleted sugars within your body after a workout. Just hearing an athlete tell us about how it benefits their body seems to really hit home the message, more-so than if it was a nutritional expert giving the same answer.
I know I’ve talked a lot about the athletes and just how insightful they can be to the audience watching, but what also makes the show what it is has to be the presenter, Zara Buck. After all, there’s two people that appear throughout the 20+ minutes!
Zara does a great job multi-tasking between asking the questions and really listening to the answers whilst helping out with the cooking (not the easiest of tasks!). She presents in a really professional, friendly manner and without her the show just wouldn’t have that same personality and would really miss the opportunity to excel.
So if you’ve not yet seen this week’s episode check it out below as well as visit their channel for plenty more episodes. It’s an incredibly unique and exciting concept and I’m looking forward to their next instalment!