Former Bath Rugby, Leicester Tigers and England centre, Dan Hipkiss, recently visited Saracens Academy to deliver a kitchen skills session.
Hipkiss who has a successful cookery background, having worked for The Bertinet Kitchen in Bath, ran the workshop to enhance and develop cooking skills among the Academy squad and to provoke an interest for life after rugby.
Organised in conjunction with the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP), Dan who now works for Stonewood Builders, worked closely with Saracens’ Player Development Manager, Caroline Guthrie, to inspire and engage the players to try their own hand at cooking.
The workshop held at Saracens Academy House, began with Dan taking the group through a knife and cooking skills session before encouraging the players to help prepare and cook three main dishes; Chicken thighs in turmeric, ginger and garlic, Hanger Steak and Salad and Hanger Steak Casserole.
Saracens Academy back-rower, Hayden Thompson-Stringer was one player who thoroughly enjoyed the experience: “Hearing from Dan and learning about cooking was a perfect opportunity for the squad to get away from the rugby pitch and concentrate on something else. It’s obviously very different to what we normally do, so it was nice for all of us to be doing something together that also helps our ambitions off the pitch.