McIlroy slays Schwartzel in the kitchen

By Lali Stander

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Charl Schwartzel can cook up a mean beef dish, but Rory McIlroy stole his thunder in the Turkish Airlines Open Gourmet Golfers Challenge at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

In honour of Turkish Airlines’ recent World’s Best Catering Service award for their on-board Flying Chefs, former world number one McIlroy challenged Schwartzel to a culinary challenge to launch the European Tour Final Series curtain-raiser.

The two players each received an identical mystery bag of ingredients, a sous-chef and 10 minutes to come up with a winning dish.

McIlroy opted for a Mediterranean chicken dish, while 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel paid homage to South Africa with a beef creation.

Roping in the chefs to do the chopping, the two players stirred up a storm and presented Turkish Golf Federation president Ahmet Agaoglu with their offerings.

Agaoglu was impressed with both dishes, but awarded McIlroy the prize for his Turkish inspired food, However, when the Ulsterman had a chance to sample Schwartzel’s beef, he said Agaoglu got it wrong.

“He got it wrong, Charl, this is better than mine. You were robbed, mate,” McIlroy said, to which Schwartzel responded: “I want a recount!”

Meanwhile Turkish Airlines announced that they have renewed their deal as title sponsor of the Turkish Airlines Open for a further three years.