The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping for a winning season fueled by the talents of a pair of Twin Cities celebrity chefs.
Timberwolves stars like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins will be dining on customized meals courtesy of KZ ProVisioning, the catering company for pro athletes created by Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen.
Kaysen, the James Beard award winner behind Bellecour and Spoon & Stable, and Food Network star Zimmern will create special meals for each player based on their "physiological needs."
Their company already provides food for the Minnesota Wild, while Zimmern's other company, AZ Canteen, runs concession stands at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium.
This time, they'll also be working with nutritionists from another Wolves partner, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and the team's head of basketball performance and technology, Dr. Robby Sikka.
Armed with that information, the chefs will "hand-select menu items" and prepare meals at the team's practice center in Mayo Clinic Square, as well as analyzing restaurants and ordering food for when the Wolves are on road trips.
"We are excited to partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves and prepare meals in a brand new way with technology and data as the catalyst," said Zimmern in a press release.
"Using a data-driven approach, our culinary program helps players optimize their daily performance, reduce recovery time from stress or injury and lengthen their careers. The menus are fully customized based on each player’s individualized needs, and the meals are delicious, made with quality ingredients, and are designed to help the athletes perform and feel their very best, physically and mentally."
The Wolves' President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas called the partnership a "game-changer for our players."
"When evaluating the landscape and determining how we could challenge the norm, we saw an opportunity in the medical technology and nutrition spaces to do something that is both innovative and will help our players maximize their potential.
"We have an incredible partnership with Mayo Clinic, and with two leaders in the food industry in Gavin and Andrew who will help take this program to the next level. We thank them for their partnership and belief in our vision as we aim to cultivate a modern and player centric organization."