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Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry explains cooking celebration inspired by NBA star James Harden


Serge Gnabry has been cooking up a storm in the Bundesliga over the last four seasons. Every time the Bayern Munich forward scores, he shows off his cooking skills with a trademark celebration, which was inspired by NBA star James Harden.

Speaking to fcbayern.tv, the Germany international has explained how Houston Rockets star Harden influenced the pair’s trademark celebration.

"There's a video on YouTube where he's cooking after dropping, I think, a buzzer-beater and won the game," Gnabry explained. "So he was cooking, stirring it up, and that's the celebration."

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Gnabry, 25, is a big basketball fan and regularly watches matches from the USA's league, the NBA.

Having seen Harden in action, Gnabry wanted to produce the cross-sport celebration for himself.

"I think you can relate the celebration to him having a buzzer-beater or winning the game to us, as in football we don’t score as many points as they do in basketball," Gnabry said. "So I think there's a resemblance and he's a very good offensive player, I'm an offensive player so, I think so too."

David Alaba (l) and Serge Gnabry (r) produced one of the most iconic celebrations in Bundesliga history against Borussia Dortmund. - 2019 DFL

The former VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal, Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim forward even produced his own personal take on the celebration on the biggest Bundesliga stage, after scoring in Bayern's 5-0 Der Klassiker win over Borussia Dortmund in his first title-winning season in 2018/19.

Gnabry has continued to produce the iconic celebration into present day, and was able to show off his cooking skills on 12 occasions during the 2019/20 Bundesliga season on his way to winning his second Bundesliga title.