Cooking with Curry: Chris Guinasso’s Statistical Stew

Chris Guinasso, SDSU Sports MBA class of 2017, has always loved Stephen Curry, but when he saw an ESPN commercial with Curry in a cafeteria eating curry stew, he decided to take his love to a new level. Chris decided to make a curry stew every week with a recipe based on Curry’s weekly statistics. He started at the beginning of current the NBA season and has made 5 different stews since. The not so secret formula is below.

Calculation of Ingredients

·        Canned Diced Tomatoes:  Each game with field goal percentage over 50% = 1 can of tomatoes.

·        Chicken Broth:  10 rebounds = 1 cup of broth.

·        Fresh Ginger:  Each game with free throw percentage over 90% = ½ teaspoon of ginger.

·        Olive Oil:  5 steals = 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

·        Sliced Carrots:  Every game with a double-double = 1 sliced carrot.

·        Onions:  10 turnovers = 1 sliced onion.

·        Salt and Pepper:  Every game with at least 20 points scored = 2 shakes of salt and pepper.

·        Minced Garlic:  5 fouls = 1 clove of minced garlic.  BONUS:  Add another clove of garlic for any game where Curry fouls out.

·        Chicken:  50 points scored = 1 lb. of chicken. BONUS:  Add another pound for any 50 point game.

·        Curry Powder:  7 three-pointers = 1 tablespoon. BONUS:  Add another tablespoon for any game with 8 or more three-pointers made.

·        Fresh Jalapeno Peppers:  Every game with three point percentage over 40% = 1 jalapeno pepper, diced.  BONUS:  Add another jalapeno for any game with three point shooting percentage over 60% (minimum 8 attempts).

·        BIG BONUS:  For every triple-double, add 5 strips of diced bacon.

Chris crafted his recipe by searching for a stew recipe on Google and assigning basketball statistics to the key ingredients. The biggest variable is the spice. If Curry has a good shooting week, the spicy ingredients- jalapenos and curry pepper-increase. The amount of chicken in the stew is determined by the amount of points Curry scores and help to mitigate the spice. The stew is extra spicy when there is a high amount of spice and a low amount of other ingredients. This situation can happen when the Warriors hold a large lead, which lends to Curry sitting most of the fourth quarter. His percentages are great during those games, but there are fewer bulky ingredients in the stew. A very efficient Curry leads to a very spicy stew!

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A delectable representation of Steph Curry’s game

Chris typically tries to eat his stew during the following Warriors game. He mentioned that sometimes “the burning from the spice was unbearable, but it brought me pleasure because it means Curry had a good week.” Chris adds “delicious” foods like bacon, based on positive statistics and “not so enjoyable” foods such as onions and garlic for less desirable statistics.

For anyone looking to start making their own dish based on a favorite player’s data, Chris recommends giving it a personal feel by finding a food that fits with the athlete’s name or character. Focus on a statistic that the player is best known for and incorporate the main ingredient into the recipe based on those results.

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Looking forward, Chris plans to adjust the ingredients for the playoffs to make a stew for each series. He wants to wait until the later games (if necessary) to have more of an impact on the statistics, and therefore the recipe. Chris’ dream is to actually make the stew for Curry himself. He wants to “travel around the world to find the top ingredients and personally serve Curry a fresh batch of his stew.”  Here’s hoping Chris, here’s hoping.

Follow Chris’ cooking at: http://thebayareasportsguru.com/.

Check out the commercial that inspired it all: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:12138967.

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