Player Profile: #10 Kenny Taylor

BAKERSFIELD, January 13, 2011— On the court, he’s known as Kenny “3-ball” Taylor. Off the court, he’s Kenny Earl, the Chef. Something that not too many people know about this Bakersfield Jam player is that he’s an excellent cook. We sat down with Kenny to talk about his hobby and even got a few tips.

So where did he learn this trade? “I used to watch my mom cook a lot. I would ask a lot of questions when she was cooking for us. That’s how I picked up the hobby. I wanted to learn how to cook,” Kenny explained. “Plus when I went to college, I had my own apartment. I wanted to learn how to cook for myself what my mom used to make,” he added.

Kenny is able to make a variety of dishes, but he’s especially good at one. “My specialty right now is my turkey spaghetti. I try to stay healthy so I picked up a couple of recipes and dibbled and dabbled a little bit and came up with my own turkey spaghetti. It’s pretty good, you can ask Trey (Johnson) about it.”

Johnson and Taylor are currently roommates, so we went to the one person who can be a legitimate critic and truly judge Kenny’s cooking first-hand. “Kenny’s cooking is definitely tasteful and it saves me money,” Trey said jokingly.

As a professional athlete, this chef naturally needs to keep up a healthy diet, especially during the season and on game days. “For my pre-game meal right now, I get the Bertolli package. It’s a pasta package that’s already made. It’s real healthy. It doesn’t have any preservatives. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook.”

But like any other person, KT has a guilty pleasure. “Brownies. I’m a huge brownies guy. There’s nothing like having a nice warm brownie with some ice cream to kind of take you over the edge.”

Kenny looks to improve his craft on every occasion. “I watch Iron Chef a lot and wouldn’t mind trying to get on it. I’d also like to go to culinary school. I haven’t looked too much into it but I like to cook. Actually one of my best friends who’s in the NBA, TJ Ford, has a chef. And a lot of times when his chef cooks, I’ll go over his house and try and get a couple pointers and just watch what he does.”

Could this be a possible future career for Taylor? “I haven’t pulled a trigger on it yet but it’s a pretty good hobby right now,” he laughed as he answered.

Until then, you can find him serving three’s on the court.

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