After last season’s season-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook took an opportunity to cook his own post-game meal at a local restaurant. This past week, the second-year running back showed that while a knee injury may have affected him on the field, it certainly didn’t do any damage to his cooking skills.
At the annual “Taste of the Vikings” event this past week, Cook teamed with professional chef James Mehne to win the first ever “Iron Viking” competition. He beat a team featuring defensive end Stephen Weatherly, and another professional chef.
Mehne was quick to give Cook credit for the victory.
“That was a lot of fun,” Mehne said. “I was nervous in the beginning, but it was a lot of fun. Cook seasoned that whole crab cake himself. I gave him the tools. He made it happen, and it was awesome. He had some questions, but he rocked it.
Though the rules of the “Iron Viking” competition aren’t explicitly outlined in the piece linked above, it’s pretty clear that it’s a take on the famous Japanese cooking show “Iron Chef”. . .or, you know, one of it’s inferior American spin-offs. The teams had 30 minutes to create a dish that was presented to a panel of judges, who pronounced Mehne and Cook to be the winners.
Hopefully “Iron Viking” will be a part of the “Taste of the Vikings” event going forward, whether it means Cook defending his title or not.