As the NBA Finals end is slowly approaching, the NBA Bubble the players were living in is about to be empty. The NBA Bubble is also referred to as the Disney Bubble, which is an isolation zone at Walt Disney World. The bubble is located near Orlando, Florida. The NBA Bubble was created to protect the players from the Covid-19 pandemic to play the remaining games in this sheltered area.
As many NBA players were isolated in this establishment, it’s important to highlight the workers that helped the NBA players be safe, healthy, and fed. It wasn’t any secret that many players complained about the food options when they arrived at the NBA Bubble. Richaun Holmes even took it upon himself to break the NBA Bubble violations to pick up a delivery of food he ordered for himself, which resulted in him spending 10 days in his hotel room to quarantine.
Joel Embiid’s posts about the 48-hour quarantine food. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/vPQfBiMv9y
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 10, 2020
Although the players complained about the food being given out in the bubble, it did get better. The Business Insider interviewed with one of the chefs that cook for the teams in the NBA Bubble. That chef being Chef Alexia Grant or people in the bubble may refer to her as Chef Lex. She’s one out of ten chefs that’s in the bubble making sure everyone is fed.
Chef Lex is also known for being the chef for the Portland Trail Blazers, Oprah Winfrey, and Meek Mill before being hired to cook for people in the NBA Bubble. In the bubble, Chef Lex whips up Southern and Caribbean comfort food for players, coaches, and staff members.
Some of the challenges the chefs faced were the fact that they couldn’t leave the hotel to grocery shop for themselves to cook. Many chefs would prefer to shop for themselves to know if they’re getting good and fresh ingredients. The chefs also relied on runners to deliver the meals to players in the bubble.
How chefs in the NBA bubble make 4,000 meals a week pic.twitter.com/7mBrFDBPNh
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 6, 2020
Covid-19 really made the whole world view essential workers in a different and positive light. These chefs being considered essential for the NBA managed to make sure NBA players, coaches, and other staff members in the bubble are well fed and given nicely cooked meals, should be highly appreciated and given the props that they deserve.