Calvin Pace has wowed fans with his football skills on the field. Off the field he gets cheers for his cooking skills. The foodie will keep us posted each month with his latest cooking tips and recipes, as he travels the country in search of his next good meal.
Pace discovered his appreciation for food at a young age.
“It happened around fifth or sixth grade when my mother and father worked hours that had me home alone sometimes. I got tired of eating Ramen noodles and hot dogs, so I started watching cooking shows and started to try to make the food on my own.”
Calvin Pace’s skills of thinking quick on his feet and being good with his hands are an asset in the kitchen.
This summer the football foodie is heading in the kitchen to make meals like this Blue Nose Bass with Crispy Rock Shrimp.
“Since it’s the off-season, I’m cooking more these days, so usually I look up different recipes online and try different things that I’ve never made before,” he says.
Pace isn’t afraid to try something new when he dines.
“In college a young lady I was dating got me to try sushi, which I was terrified to do, and I liked it!” he says. “That willingness to try different foods grew to Indian food, Vietnamese and much more.”
Calvin enjoys putting his own spin on restaurant meals like this Spicy Tomato Bisque and other dishes.
“My favorite meal to cook is tandoori lamb. I made some changes that add more flavor,” he says.
The New York Jets player plans to beef up his wine-tasting skills.
“I’m looking forward to being able to pair wines with my food,” he says. “Good restaurants have good wine lists, and I want to be able to enjoy nice wines when I go out to eat.”
A fun way to discover new meals is to spin an old favorite.
“Since the whole chicken and waffle craze is still going, I made a waffle that was less sweet than normal and I added ingredients like paprika, onion power and thyme to give it a savory taste. Then I made a cream-based mushroom chicken topping. It got me good reviews,” Pace adds.