Foodies slam-dunk team's kitchen skills

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He's considered one of the best shooters in the NBL, but it seems Hawks captain Oscar Forman is also a steady hand in the kitchen.

The towering forward led by example yesterday in a food cooking class conducted at The Point Cafe in Bulli.

Every six to seven weeks, the entire Hawks playing group has been participating in the classes to help with their nutrition and diet away from training.

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Forman, who is of Italian and Slovenian background, quickly found himself at home during the exercise.

"It's not uncommon for my flatmate and I to spend two or three hours cooking for dinner and have no issue with it," Forman said. "It's how I've been raised and that's what I enjoy."

According to chef and Hawks caterer Aaron Anderson, Forman is a "foodie".

"Oscar's right into his food," Anderson said. "In terms of sheer effort, Jacko [Daniel Jackson] and Grubes [Dave Gruber] go pretty well.

"Everyone's getting right into it - even the guys who have a very small repertoire. The enthusiasm's always been there and the skill level's getting a bit better too."

Forman said the seemingly trivial exercise served two real purposes for players in between games.

"It's about making sure we know how to refuel but it's also a team-building activity," he said. "We're big guys and we eat a lot, and when you're eating a lot and it's all decent food instead of rubbish, it makes a huge difference.

"Most of the guys are quite handy in the kitchen. We've got one or two guys that are eager to learn more."

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