The New York Red Bulls will trade in their soccer jerseys for aprons and take part in the second annual Red Bulls “Iron Chef” Cook-Off at ESPN Zone on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Times Square.

The “Iron Chef”-style competition will pit 18 Red Bulls players and coaches against each other in a culinary showdown featuring healthy cooking tips and recipes along with some friendly competition. The players will have 30 minutes to create an entrée, which will then be judged by a panel of experts and media members. Judging criteria will include taste, presentation and creativity.

Players and coaches scheduled to compete in the event include: Danleigh Borman, Andrew Boyens, Albert Celedes, Danny Cepero, Carlos Johnson, Macoumba Kandji, Matthew Mbuta, Carlos Mendes, Dominic Oduro, Alfredo Pacheco, Mike Petke, Juan Pietravallo, Jorge Rojas, Luke Sassano, Khano Smith, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, John Wolyniec, Nick Zimmerman, Assistant Coach Richie Williams and Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

The event will be free and open to the public, which can view the competition in its entirety from the Screening Room bar.

Luke Sassano, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, and Danleigh Borman are set to defend their championship from last year.  RBR will be there as always to cover all the event.



  1. lou Says:

    i have a feeling celadas can cook up some mean paella. I wish this was televised on msg it would be a pretty funny site.

  2. Cindy Says:

    wow, that’s almost everyone isn’t it? i felt like they only had a few guys competing last year and mostly rookies at that. awesome to see, i hope it goes well, if i didn’t have finals i’d be there. i hope these dudes can cook!

  3. lou Says:

    I don’t think they can cook cindy at least that is what i gathered from what shep messing said last year. Who knows though the spainish really no how to cook a meal, and maybe some african flair will be brought by kandji.

  4. Menace Says:

    Luke, Sinisa and Danleigh really can’t defend the title without their captain, but…

    If you’re going to do Iron Chef, shouldn’t Osorio be forced to dress up like the Chairman? And I don’t mean Iron Chef America, I mean the old Japanese version where the Chairman looks like he raided Liberace’s closet. I’d pay more to see that than I pay for tickets.

  5. man Says:

    What, Angel too good to attend?

  6. OgreDave Says:

    LOL to the “raided Liberace closet”

    The chairman took a bite out of a pepper like an apple with the suspensful music behind him, that was classic!!

  7. All The Bull - - The Offside - New York Red Bulls Soccer Blog Says:

    […] Good morning world! It is a bright and sunny day which can only mean a very busy day at the office. I will be at the ESPNZONE in Times Square from 1230-230 covering the second annual Red Bulls Iron Chef Cookoff. […]

  8. herzog74 Says:

    C’mon, tell us how it went down today.

    Lou, we look forward to your culinary criticism.

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