When your professional career revolves around working out every day, you’re bound to work up a serious appetite. It’s no secret that professional athletes have some of the most insane diets we’ve ever seen, but none have looked quite as refined as Bulls forward Pau Gasol.


In a recent interview with GQ’s Alex Wong, Gasol sat down to discuss everything from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to gift ideas for Kobe’s upcoming retirement. What we learned about the five-time All-star and two-time NBA champion was more than just his basketball opinions. Clearly, the man is into food in a bit way.

In the interview, Gasol admits he loves nothing more than winding down after a long night with a few episodes of Chef’s Table on Netflix—but none of that reality TV garbage. He explains to Wong,


“I really love Chef’s Table on Netflix, that one is very well done. It’s really nicely produced and you see a personal aspect of the chef and not just the food itself. All the other shows—like the reality shows—I’m not that interested in.”

And Gasol explains he doesn’t shy away from adventurous eating. Although, like many of us, he doesn’t particularly dream of eating insects. He explains,


“I’m very adventurous as far as trying things. There are things like insects, worms, or brains that I wouldn’t particularly love to try. Would I try it? Maybe. It depends on the day. But I’m definitely not like, ‘I can’t wait to have some worms!'”

Now, because he’s playing for the Chicago Bulls, you think Gasol might sugar coat his feeling’s about the city’s beloved deep-dish pizza. But Gasol keeps it real, admitting that deep dish might not be his favorite:


I’ve tried it. I’m not a fan of this deep dish pizza. To me, it’s just a cake of melted cheese. I like the thin-crusted pizzas better.

Despite growing up in Spain, a city notorious for late-night eating, Gasol tells Wong that he prefers to dine early to the evening to ensure he’s getting the best food possible. Because let’s be honest: unless your drunk, great late-night food in the U.S. can be pretty slim pickings.

I’m fine having dinners late. But in a lot of cities you can’t find a lot of quality food that late. Obviously you can get bar food but that’s not what you want to have.

Fingers crossed that Gasol’s love of food might lead to a future food or restaurant endeavor. I mean, we’re guessing the man can make a mean pan con tomate.

[via GQ]