So we are almost into February....how are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions? Most people at this point fall off the wellness wagon. Well if you are teetering and in need of inspiration, look no further than Cleveland Chef Rocco Whalen.
|Source Fahrenheit Website|
Whalen is the Executive Chef and owner of the highly acclaimed Fahrenheit Restaurant in historic Tremont in Cleveland.
Here are some of Whalen's accomplishments courtesy of the Fahrenheit website:
Gourmet Magazine 2002: The Darling of the Bohemian Tremont District/Cleveland Magazine 2002: Best Chef/Chef to Keep Your Eye on-Esquire 2003/Rising Star-Restaurant Hospitality 2004/Rising Star Nominee-James Beard 2004/Tasty Travels-Rachael Ray-2005/Bon Appetit Magazine/CBS-The Early Show 2007/Tastemakers-Cleveland Magazine 2008/25 Restaurants Cleveland Cant Live without-Cleveland Scene 2011/Antenna Magazine "Best Food Trucks-Nation" 2011/Food & Wine Magazine-2011/Correspondent Fox News/A-List Restaurant-2011-Cleveland Plain Dealer/Zagat Top Restaurants 2011/Fahrenheits Grown Up Menu Doesnt Fool Around-Cleveland Plain Dealer-December 2011/The Food Network-"Fat Chef" television series.
So as you can see, this guy knows food!
In an interview with Joe Crea from Cleveland.com. Whalen admitted he has struggled with weight issues since being a child. Last summer when he heard Food Network producers were looking for chefs to participate in a show focusing on weight loss he was eager to participate. Check out the full interview here.
The Food Network show "Fat Chef" debuted 1/26. Whalen's episode is schedule to air this Thursday, February 2nd at 10 p.m. Set your DVR's now people! Its not often that Cleveland is represented positively in the media. Kudos to Whalen for talking publically about his struggles with weight. Also he deserves to be applauded for his amazing weight loss transformation on the show. For more on the show check out the Food Network website.
I heard him talking about his experience on "Fat Chef" last week on Q104. I was super impressed with Whalen and his positive outlook. He seemed to learn a great deal from his experience on "Fat Chef." He now exercises more regularly and has a greater understanding of the correlation between what he eats and how it effects his body. He is looking at modifying his menu more in the future to offer additional more healthful options for patrons.