Leeds United: Cellino causes a stir in the kitchens

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He’s trying to find the right recipe to bring success back to Leeds United.

So who better than club owner Massimo Cellino to rustle up a tasty pre-match treat for United’s players?

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Leeds squad tucked into a pasta dish cooked by Cellino ahead of their vital win over table-topping Bournemouth at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

A video of the flamboyant Italian hard at work in the stadium’s West Stand kitchens has since been posted on YouTube and has clocked up more than 20,000 views.

And today the man who shot the footage, Cellino’s friend and Leeds businessman Terry George, revealed some of the United supremo’s culinary secrets.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I think he puts Gordon Ramsay in the shade – or at least he does when it comes to swearing!

“The video wasn’t pre-planned, I was just there when he began cooking so I started filming it on my iPhone.

“I’m pleased with the finished product, there is a lot more I didn’t show!

“Massimo would be a great subject for a fly-on-the-wall documentary. He does things slightly differently to how you or I might do them but his heart is definitely in the right place. He really does want the club to be successful.”

Cellino’s efforts in the kitchen were given the thumbs-up by Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn, who joked after Tuesday’s match: “His new role might be club chef.

“It was well cooked and we all gave our opinions of it to him and everyone said they liked it.”

Click here to watch video of Massimo Cellino in the kitchen


Massimo Cellino’s meal deal isn’t the first time he has caused a stir since his arrival at Leeds.

A keen guitarist, he got up on stage to play two songs at the club’s end-of-season party in May.

The 58-year-old is also superstitious, disliking the colour purple and the number 17.

He temporarily stepped down as United president on Friday (Jan 23) after being suspended from involvement in the club’s operations for 79 days over a tax evasion conviction.


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