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Yves Pons trades in jersey for apron to help grant kids’ wishes

Vol senior taking to the kitchen for charity
Published: Oct. 24, 2020 at 2:34 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 7:03 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Whether it’s playing basketball or playing the saxophone Vol Senior Yves Pons knows how to cook it up! No really! This guy can cook, something he says he really enjoys, “I enjoy doing it in my free time I’ve always loved to cook since I was a little kid helping out my mom.”

Yves lead a virtual cooking class on Sunday, October 25 at 5 pm. Proceeds from the event, which asked for a $50 donation, will benefit Make-A-Wish of East Tenn.

“Giving the kids hope, joy and making their dreams come true," Pons said.

Has head coach Rick Barnes eaten Pons' cooking? He says he has but, “What he likes and what I like are a long way apart.”

In response to that Pons adds, “French food is really different from American food. They might like it or they might really like it.”

Fans of UT basketball, Yves Pons and of course of cooking are signing up to support the cause. That includes Karen Kerr Meers and her husband Ron, who are Big Orange fans who can’t wait to get caught up in this French cuisine.

Karen says, “Earlier in the spring Yves was involved with cooking crepes and that was fun to watch. And to cook a French dish with someone who is French and grew up immersed in the French culture and eating French cuisine is going to be too hard to pass up.”

With regards to where the donation money is headed Ron adds, “All we can do is get the word out and social media has helped us to that and it’s also a lifetime memory for that family when they take that trip or whatever they’re gonna do.”

Yves cooked up a classic French favorite for the cooking class that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“I’m gonna do a French dish from the East of France called Tartiflette it’s specifically from mostly on the mountain," Pons said.

Won’t be long before we see Yves inside Thompson-Boling Arena, but first, it’s online with this Sunday’s event.

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