Soccer Players Compete in First Online Global Herbalife #AthleteCookOffContest

Herbalife Nutrition announced the winners of its first online global cooking contest featuring professional soccer players from teams around the world.

The global cooking competition among Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored soccer teams launched on May 26 on the company’s Instagram account to encourage healthy eating and the importance of staying active. This virtual event, which reached more than 500,000 people, also helped spark some competition among company-sponsored athletes who had lost the ability to compete due to the coronavirus and engage sports fans around the world who longed to watch their favorite sports heroes compete.

Once winners were selected, grants were awarded on their behalf to their chosen charity. The LA Galaxy’s Gordon Wild created “Cozy Salmon” which won the chef’s choice award and a grant to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Santiago Montoya of FC Millonarios won the fan vote with his “Formula 1 Power Bowl” recipe, and a grant to his chosen charity, Cardio Infantil.

“We are grateful to these talented athletes for sharing their creative recipes to encourage proper nutrition, which is fundamental to their lifestyles, and inspired by their desire to help a local charity in their communities,” said Dana Ryan, Ph.D., director of Sports Performance Nutrition and Education at Herbalife.

Competing soccer players included Sacha Kljestan and Gordon Wild of the LA Galaxy; Jaylin Lindsey and Gerso Fernandes of Sporting Kansas CityCSD Municipal; Cristian Arango and Santiago Montoya of FC Millonarios (Colombia); Danilo Guerra and Jeffrey Payeras of CSD Municipal (Guatemala); Dang Van Lam and Patcharapol Intanee of Muangthong United F.C. (Thailand); Mathieu Cordier and Labinot Haliti of Western Sydney Wanderers FC (Australia); Kenti Robles and Elena Linari of Club Atlético de Madrid Femenino (Spain); and, Vincent Sierro and Nicolas Bürgy of BSC Young Boys (Switzerland).