It’s time to move on to my next big endeavor in life! I am leaving my Sous Chef position with The Chopping Block to pursue a path along the healthy track. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my staff, team members, colleagues, bosses, guests and students of The Chopping Block for a wonderful run. Transitioning from restaurant life to teaching home cooks has definitely made me appreciate sharing my knowledge and skills. I spent 20 years in restaurants teaching cooks and apprentices how things should be done. And during my time here, I have enjoyed connecting with real people who want to learn how to cook.
For over a year, I have been blogging about my switch to a healthy lifestyle and making choices at every step in life that influence the person that you are. I truly believe that the phrase, “you are what you eat,” is indeed the real deal. As a chef, I have surrounded myself with the finest meats, fish and vegetables in restaurants and for the most part, enjoyed as I wished. Over 38 years, I ended up at 410 pounds. Wow!
But since last March, I have lost 65 pounds and have realized now more than ever that it is not a diet, but rather a way of living. Diets do not work. You lose the weight on some special plan, and then you return to old habits, and low and behold, 6 months later, you have gained all the weight back. I intend to start a lifelong process of educating our great city and country that we ALL need to change. So please, find a way to get your kids to eat the right things, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and go out of your way to avoid anything fried, sugar and processed foods (deli meats, most things from a can, and most items in the freezer section). The process has started for me, and I have great hope that food can indeed do a body good. As the saying goes, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”.
Thank you again to The Chopping Block and all the great people that make this place hum on a daily basis!