Staying Slim in Chef School

If the average college freshman gains fifteen pounds--the infamous "Freshman Fifteen"-- what about the chef school student, surrounded by the finest culinary fare day after day? Unfortunately, willpower isn't on the course schedule. If you're headed for a culinary career, you may need to develop your own tactics for making your cake without eating it too.

The Ultimate Culinary Career Challenge

Butter, cheese, chocolate--there's no room for low-fat alternatives in the culinary arts. So how do chefs like Suzanne Goin, recent winner of the James Beard 'Best Chef in California' award, stay so thin? How does Giada de Laurentiis keep her Hollywood looks with a heavy Italian cream sauce simmering on the stove?

Mastering the Culinary Art of Staying Slim

The star chefs offer the following secrets of their svelte success:

  • Portion Control. "I eat my own food. I do. But I don't eat a lot of it," insists De Laurentiis. How? She eats off appetizer-sized plates, and eats multiple small meals throughout the day.
  • Remember Past Offenses. Remember how you felt after your last culinary free-for-all? Paradoxically, it's the exposure to food that teaches chefs the arts of abstinence and willpower. Chef school and a culinary career present limitless opportunities for overindulgence. But gorge yourself once or twice, and you may learn to keep away from that pan of buttery croissants.
  • Only the Best for You. Throughout chef school and the rest of your culinary career, you may encounter the best the culinary arts have to offer. Those little chocolate vending machine donuts won't look so tempting. Become a food snob, and your new standards may limit the scope of your must-haves to a few rare delicacies. 

The Chef School Diet

Chef school lays the groundwork for a culinary career of willpower. You may learn practical skills like portion sizing, creating balanced meals, and other nutrition fundamentals.

And you may come face to face with the enemy. With limitless access to the most exquisite culinary arts, you may learn how to discern the best from the rest--and how to avoid too much of a good thing.