‘Made My Heart Stop’ – 42-Year-Old Venus Williams’ Gratifying Remark Revealed by Australian Open Chef

Published 01/15/2023, 2:30 PM EST

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The popular celebrity chef, Helen Goh has always been the favorite of many tennis players during the Grand Slam event in Melbourne. Some of the biggest names from the tennis realm including the American tennis icon, Venus Williams have been huge fans of her delicacies. Talking about her dishes, Goh recently opened up about how she once made a huge impression on the 7-time singles Grand Slam champion.

She revealed that it was one of her dishes that did trick as it made Williams’ “heart stop”. Goh has been in the business of players’ on-site eatery for a long time. She has created the menu for a number of tennis superstars since the late 1990s.

Celebrity chef, Helen Goh talks about her dish that impressed Venus Williams


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The Australian Open‘s celebrity chef worked under the guidance of the culinary guru Yotam Ottolenghi before she started creating players’ menus. Since 1990, her on-site eatery has been serving a number of top players during the Australian Open. Talking about the same, Helen Goh recalled some of the go-to meals for some of the most popular tennis figures including Venus Williams.

She said that the Williams sisters stand out in her memory as regulars in the on-site eatery. They were huge fans of her French fries whenever they came into the lounge during the Grand Slam event in Melbourne.

Later on, Goh reminisced about one of her dishes that made a huge impression on the 7-time singles Grand Slam champion.

She said, ‘I remember Venus Williams’s remark: “Your curry made my heart stop.”


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However, the Australian Open chef added that she doesn’t know if that remark was a good thing. Goh said she was confused because Williams got knocked out of the tournament out later that day and never returned to her lounge.


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Goh also talked about other WTA players

The Celebrity chef also detailed some of the go-to meals for other WTA stars including the Swiss tennis legend, Martina Hingis. Goh stated that she remember that the 5-time singles Grand Slam champion had sushi and mangoes as her meal.

Later on, she also talked about the former Russian tennis player, Anna Kournikova, and her favorite meal during the event. Goh revealed that Kournikova was a fan of her turkey sandwiches. While talking about another former tennis player, Mary Pierce, Goh said that she preferred grilled fish with lemon.


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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching superstar Rafael Nadal play.

Edited By: Arijit Saha