Playing With My Food ~
A journal about food, thought, travel, and life; by Chef & Raconteur Chaz French.

Desire, Determination, & Education

This was me:


Nine months before attending the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute. This was when I decided to start losing weight, I made good progress by the time I started at NGI (Disclosure the above photo was before I even knew I’d be going to culinary school, much less NGI!)

This is me nine months after.

Hello you skinny bitch
And that is what Desire, Determination, and Education can do for you.

Suggested Reading Material:

Food And Healing by Annemarie Colbin Ph.D.
The Natural Gourmet
by Annemarie Colbin Ph.D.
Nourishing Traditions
by Sally Fallon

Topics: Slow Food

Work it, Believe it, Learn it!


I was a bit sleepy when I wrote this post and there are notes to be made.
My starting weight was 270lbs (122 kilos, 19.25 stone)
After the first photo was taken I began to lose weight by

  • Walking
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Eating more slowly
  • Seeing a Nutriotionist
  • Seeing a Psychiatrist

By the time I’d started at Natural Gourmet I was down 40lbs, and when I took this photo in January 2010 I was down 53lbs
When I finished at Natural Gourmet, my weight loss had plateaued but I was still losing inches.
As I started my apprenticeship at Three Stone Hearth and started learning, cooking and eating more Weston A. Price style food, I began to more rapidly lose inches and from working in a large volume kitchen, I started gaining muscle.
The 2nd photo (above) was taken April 3, 2011, I weighed in at 204 recently, but my new bicycle is causing me to gain muscle faster than I’m losing what’s left of the fat, so the weight is inching up, even while the body is still slimming down.

Believe it or not, I still have 15lbs of fat to go.


  • tapps

    you’re awesome. that is all. :)

  • Suki Fuller

    Yes, you did my friend. Yes, you did.

  • Suki Fuller

    Yes, you did my friend. Yes, you did.

  • Steve Nixon

    Chaz – you’re an inspiration. Great job!

  • Cathy French Dario

    You look awesome dear brother and I’m very proud of you! <3

  • Meadows Ling

    Chaz, you look amazing. Good for you! :)

  • Pete

    Looking great Chaz! I’ve dropped 65 since we saw each other in San Antonio in 2007! Congratulations!

  • Jaden

    WOW! I’m so proud of you!!!!

  • Dan Patterson

    Dude. Chaz. That is effing amazing. I really admire your determination and drive for actualized self-improvement. Super proud to call you a friend. AND, after seeing your cupcakes, am super ‘hungry.’ Rocknroll!

  • vanessa finnie

    I’ve got a crush on you !