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Weight Loss Face-Off Between Isabella, Albisu and More

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It's like Biggest Loser, but with chefs.

More than a dozen of the city's big name chefs and mixologists are planning to compete against each other during a 12-week fitness and weight loss challenge, starting June 24. The contest is being sponsored by the American Cancer Society, which is calling it "Fit for Hope." The faceoff will wrap up around the charity's Taste of Hope gala Sept. 24.

Isabella seems to be leading the charge but the other competing chefs include: Anthony Acinapura (Brasserie Beck), Victor Albisu (Del Campo/Taco Bamba), Will Artley (Pizzeria Orso), Derek Brown (The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, etc.), R.J. Cooper (Rogue 24), Frederik de Pue (Azur, Table), Scott Drewno (The Source), Maziar Farivar (Peacock Cafe), Matt Hill (Range), Mike Isabella (Graffiato, etc.), Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple), Shannon Overmiller (The Majestic), Todd Thrasher (EatGoodFood), Bryan Voltaggio (Range, Volt), Art Smith (Art & Soul) and Ryan Wheeler (EatGoodFood corporate).

Physical trainers and pilates instructors will help the competitors reach such goals as 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Chefs will each raise $2,500 or more during the competition. The three top "losers" will get a makeover before the announcement of the winners at the galas — they'll be evaluated on percentage of weight lost. Eater predicts side bets are already being waged between chefs.
· Taste of Hope [Official Site]
· All Previous Mike Isabella Coverage [-EDC-]

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