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Chefs Who Shed the Weight

Talk about temptation! How 5 cooks dropped serious pounds despite working in the food world
WAS 374 lbs. NOW 245 lbs.

Michael White

Chef and co-owner of the Altamarea Group in New York City

→ Growing up as a football player in the Midwest, White was always in good shape, but when he started his career at Spiaggia in Chicago, he adopted the unhealthy habits often associated with chefs. “You get done at work, and you always have something to eat because you’re surrounded by food,” says the partner in the Altamarea Group, comprising 15 restaurants including the Michelin-starred Marea and his latest, Vaucluse in New York City. “It’s not bad food; it’s just eating at the worst time.” Late-night taquitos or roast chicken with Swiss chard and wine with his wife, Giovanna, right before bed brought him

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