Cade Cunningham, the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick, just signed with the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, July 29, and already he has a food partnership.
The six-foot-eight, 220-pound basketball star is the newest ambassador for JUST Egg’s mung bean-based plant-based egg He’s collaborating on a plant-based item using the JUST Egg Folded at Detroit’s Folk Detroit cafe in Corktown.
The “Cade Stack” will be sold for a limited time at Folk starting Wednesday, August 4.
The point guard told the ESPN broadcast crew that he went vegan in high school to experiment with how changing his diet would affect his performance. The results inspired him to make the change permanent, he says.
“I think, bigger than anything, I just wanted to try something new for my body and see how my body reacted to it,” he says. “So, once I tried it, I did it for two weeks,” Cunningham says, explaining how he ate at McDonald’s during the 2019 FIBA World Cup and then realized he couldn’t eat animal products again. “We weren’t accustomed to the food that we had out there. So, I started back eating burgers and things, [but] on that trip, I told myself, ‘I’m going back to vegan, and I’m sticking to it.’”
JUST Egg has previously partnered with Piston Jahlil Okafor, who’s currently at the Olympics.
Folk, a gourmet market and cafe known for its breakfast and brunch plates, is at 1701 Trumbull.