How a former Chelsea youngster left football to end up fuelling a Premier League champion

At the top level of sport, improving on even the smallest of margins can make the biggest gains.

From new technology around sleep to the time of day that teams travel and what players eat – it can all make a difference come kick off.

However, when it comes to nutrition the professionals don’t have a monopoly on the best approach to eating well and maintaining a healthy diet.

Former Chelsea youngster Jhai Dhillon and his brother Simmy are the siblings behind Rice N Spice, a meal preparation company based in Hitchin that caters for everyone from the office worker to a Premier League champion.

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The former Stevenage full back started out his playing career with the Blues after being discovered as one of the first winners of their Asian Star programme in 2009.

His links to the professional game saw the defender get his fellow players interested in his business from an early stage.

Football League regulars Ben Kennedy and Jevani Brown, as well as Ryan Johnson of Kidderminster Harrirers, were quick to get involved while childhood friend Nick Freeman, who plays for Wycombe Wanderers, led the brothers to Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Adebayo Akinfenwa with RNS package

Rice N Spice even work with Premier League winner Demarai Gray, while Chelsea’s Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman have had their food prepared by the firm too.

The idea for the business began in 2017 in the student halls of Bristol University where Simmy studied economics.

Jhai himself also works for accountancy firm Ernst & Young but he still finds the time to continue playing football at a semi-professional standard for Hitchin and putting the hours into Rice N Spice.

“It took off really well with the students,” he told football.london. “At that point it was more of a healthy take-away. He said ‘why don’t you start this off at home?’

“At that point I was playing at Stevenage and I guess I felt like I wanted to do something else as well as play football. I wasn’t…