From soldier to private chef: Gason Nelson feeds football stars
Posted: Fri January 25, 2013 2:40PM; Updated: Fri January 25, 2013 2:43PM
By Anne Berry
Eight months a year, chef Gason Nelson travels between his home in New Orleans to Miami, where he cooks for the Dolphins' Reggie Bush.
Photo courtesy of Anne Berry
It's NFL game day at 7 a.m., and a peachy sun is rising over Miami. Inside Reggie Bush's oceanfront condo, a man does sprints and ab work, and tears up the elliptical. As sweat comes, so does the swagger.
"Working out keeps me crisp, and I bring that intensity to the kitchen," says Gason Nelson, who is private chef to the Dolphins' star running back.
Football players may have their own Sunday rituals, but Nelson treats his pregame zone with the same ferocity. "Sometimes I tell myself, 'Calm the hell down; it's just cooking,'" he says.
Hardly, when you've got a hungry pro athlete at the table. Bush is known for stray explosive plays that call for nimble speed, so on game day he eats light: scrambled cheesy eggs, turkey sausage and pulp-free orange juice.
"The consistency helps," Bush said in a written interview. "He knows my diet, and what I can and can't have."
For Nelson, the setup has its stresses. Eight months a year, he's a geographical bachelor shuttling between Miami and his family's home in New Orleans.