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U.S. Open postcard: Chef Billy Strynkowski makes meals for the diverse diets | NOLA.com

Chef Billy Strynkowski (Photo by Mackie Shilstone)

Chef Billy Strynkowski (Photo by Mackie Shilstone)

New York – One of the most important aspects of an athlete’s ability to continue to perform at the highest level is the food that he or she eats before and after athletic competition and practice. In certain cases, you are only as good as the quality and content of your last meal.

How about feeding hundreds of professional tennis players and their diverse coaching staffs — people like me working with Serena Williams.

Here at the U. S. Open that vital task falls to Chef Billy Strynkowski, Director of Culinary Wellness for the Compass Group of North America.

Since we had an early practice today on center court at the Arthur Ashe stadium, Chef Strynkowski made us a fabulous egg white omelette with spinach and mushrooms, along with a small baked sweet potato and a fresh fruit smoothie.

Add to the fact that many pros here are on a wheat and gluten free diet, plus those with various ethnic tastes, meal time is quite unique but never without great taste.

Chef Billy, as he is called here, has prepared of some of Serena’s prematch meals in the past and is ready to go into action this year as well.

Today after practice, we went to the U. S. Open Fitness Center and joined a packed house of pros and their coaches – all putting the last pieces of the puzzle together before the matches begin tomorrow. By the way, Serena now plays on Tuesday.

U.S. Open postcard: Chef Billy Strynkowski makes meals for the diverse diets | NOLA.com.