Jawed Halepota

Sports Jobs: Marcus Smart's personal chef, Jawed Halepota

Sports Jobs: Marcus Smart's personal chef, Jawed Halepota

Episode two of Sports Jobs presented by Rodenhiser Home Services will make you hungry.

In this one, chef and entrepreneur Jawed Halepota explains how he got his start as a personal chef for some of the world's most popular athletes.

"I went to college in New York City and gained a very large network there," Halepota said. "Christine Harmon, Duron Harmon's wife, brought me in to cook for Duron's birthday party, I believe it was the day after they won the AFC Championship. The picture we took there with LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, and Devin McCourty really kind of got the ball rolling for me with the pro athletes.

That's when Halepota caught Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart's eye.

"Marcus' agent happened to see me in the photo," Halepota said. "We just got to talking. He let me know this is Marcus' contract year, he wants to really attack this thing seriously."

"Going into free agency, we were just like, 'We need this,'" said Smart. "And I was very adamant about doing it, so we hired Jawed and from then, it's history."

Halepota goes on to talk about how Smart got him connected with teammate Jaylen Brown, and gives a cooking lesson.

For more of an inside look at Halepota's life as a personal chef for pro athletes, check out the video above. 

What is Marcus Smart's meal plan? Celtics chef gives an inside look

What is Marcus Smart's meal plan? Celtics chef gives an inside look

This Wednesday is Marcus Smart Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Smart throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Spurs-Celtics.

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Who knows Marcus Smart better than the guy who cooks his meals?

Celtics' personal chef, Jawed Halepota, gives us an inside look at the C's star's favorite meal and talks a little about the usual meal plan for Smart, including on game days.

Watch the video above for the complete interview and some cooking tips, too.   

Don't miss Marcus Smart Day and NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Spurs, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.