After three months of brutal workouts and cruel calorie-counting, 12 Miami chefs have shed a total of nearly 140 pounds and have raised more than $9,000 for charity in the Fit to Fight challenge.
The biggest loser? Chef-owner Tim Andriola of Timo and the new Basil Park in Sunny Isles Beach. He dropped 28 pounds as of this week, nearly 15 percent of his starting weight.
Other loser-winners: Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar lost 22 pounds, Brad Kilgore of J&G Grill lost 16 pounds, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane lost 13 pounds, and Dena Marino of MC Kitchen lost 11 pounds.
(The already-svelte Todd Erickson was the only cheftestant not to shed a single pound, despite frequent, well-documented training sessions at Miami Beach’s Flywheel. That’s OK: He’s already the poster child for Miami Beach’s recycling program, with his face affixed to the city’s buses and Deco Bikes.)
Former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella started the Fit to Fight program in Washington, D.C., last year, and Jamie DeRosa of Miami Beach’s Tongue & Cheek brought it to Miami.
The chefs signed on to raise at least $1,500 each (more is still coming in, organizers noted) through individual donations and by hosting collaborative dinners among them. The goal: To raise awareness and money for Live to Fight, a nonprofit that helps people in the martial arts community who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
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