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Thursday September 27, 2012
By ASHREENA PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR: British doubles tennis player Ross Hutchins is no stranger to the kitchen, having doubled up as a baking assistant to his girlfriend of 10 years – Lindsay Wood – back home in Wimbledon.
“Yeah, I love being in the kitchen. My girlfriend’s a great cook and she’s really big on baking. She bakes everything under the sun – cookies, log cakes, speciality cakes, victoria sponges with fruits and whipped cream. I’m usually her kitchen assistant,” said Hutchins.
On Monday, the world No. 37, who is here for the Malaysian Open, gamely donned a chef’s hat and apron as he joined Alexandr Dolgopolov and Alejandro Falla in the kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton to bake the hotel’s signature chocolate chip cookies as part of the hotel’s charity event – Baked with Care.
The cookies, which will be packaged into autographed tins, will be sold at RM50 per tin in aid of the Dignity for Children Foundation’s mission to provide education for children living in poverty.
“I just think it’s a brilliant event by the organisers to tie baking and tennis together. I’m really happy to be part of it, especially when it’s for a good cause. I’m just not that skilled as you would have seen just now,” laughed Hutchins.
A silver medallist in the men’s doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Hutchins loves nothing more than to unwind in front of the television set watching his favourite cooking shows.
“Lindsay and I watch a lot of cooking shows together. We’re big fans of Ina Garten and her show ‘Barefoot Contessa’ but I also like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and, of course, ‘Man vs Food’,” he said.
Hutchins’ love affair with food does not end there as his girlfriend also bakes him treats to bring along while he’s on tour.
“Yeah, she usually bakes cookies for me. It’s usually things that have a long shelf life, so I can bring them on tour. The last one she baked was these chocolates nest that looked like little birds nest but I’ve finished them already,” said the 27-year-old with a smile.
Hutchins will have to forget about baking for a little longer after he and his partner Colin Fleming booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Alejandro Falla-Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-2 in the men’s doubles first round on Tuesday.
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