Above all, Wimbledon is characterized by tradition and class. With the grass-court Grand Slam cancelled this year due to COVID-19, a tradition is still holding strong, although not in its typical fashion.
Instead of fans indulging in the classic Strawberries and Cream treat while enjoying Centre Court action, the strawberries will be used in a more meaningful way this year.
The All England Club is donating 26,000 strawberries to front-line health care workers battling the on-going pandemic. The sincere gesture is a thank you for all the hard work and dedication that these heroes put in daily to combat the disease.
World No. 14 Johanna Konta is also paying tribute to the beloved dessert by teaming up with Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing. The pair took to the socially distanced outdoors to combine fresh mint, basil cress, meringue nests, strawberries and homemade cream to create a delicious spin on the quintessential Wimbledon favorite.
With a little more time on my hands than usual right now, I've been making the most of it by taking my love of cooking to the next level. In this video, I cook alongside Clare Smyth, in the searing heat of Summer 2020. Clare Smyth is an incredible British Chef who was voted as World's Best Female Chef in 2018 and her London restaurant Core (which holds 2 Michelin Stars) was the perfect place for me to up my cooking game. Clare kindly invited me during the Wimbledon Championship weeks to cook two of her restaurant dishes and put my technical cooking ability to the test. @chefclaresmyth @corebyclaresmyth @wimbledon @bbcsport Enjoy! #KontasKitchen
"With a little more time on my hands than usual right now, I've been making the most of it by taking my love of cooking to the next level," Konta wrote on Instagram.
This is far from Konta's first time cooking and baking away in the kitchen. The British No. 1 previously has participated in the Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer, and has also joined another Michelin-starred chef, Clare Smyth, for a cooking challenge.