With it being Healthy Living Week here at Food Republic we decided to reach out to some of our friends in the chef world to find out about their eating and fitness routines.

We already published the responses of eight chefs, including the likes of Jamie Oliver, John Besh and Marc Murphy. Not to be outdone, Daniel BouludMarcus Samuelsson, Rob NewtonJason Vincent and Franklin Becker wrote in to tell us about their daily customs.


Daniel Boulud is chef and owner of many award-winning restaurants around the world, including his namesake Daniel in New York City.

What's the first thing you eat/drink in the morning?
I start with a healthy breakfast which fuels me for the day — oatmeal, granola, yogurt and fresh fruit and also one half boiled egg (8 minutes) with Tabasco, an orange, always berries, seasonal fruits and a café allongé.

What's your fitness routine, if any?
Pilates twice a week, and cardio when I can, at the gym in my building.

Any foods or drinks you actively avoid?
Processed foods of course, as well as fried food and food high in fat or sugar. I try to avoid white flour products and white sugar. If I eat bread, it’s whole grain.

Any New Year's eating resolutions?
Like many chefs, I eat too fast on the run and I have to learn to eat slower and take more time. Usually my resolution is a good breakfast and a late lunch, and sometimes it carries me for the day with a smaller dinner.

Have you ever done a fad diet?
I’ve never done any specific diet, I just watch my weight and eat whole and healthy and tasty ingredients and combinations.

Do you juice?
I’ve never followed a juice diet but I like a green juice once in a while.


Marcus Samuelsson is the chef and owner of four restaurants, including Red Rooster in Harlem, and a judge on Chopped.

What's the first thing you eat/drink in the morning?
I always have orange juice or an apple, then I'm ready to have a cup of coffee.

What's your fitness routine, if any?
Other than playing soccer with my buddies every week, I like to mix it up. In the summer I play tennis, in the fall I play basketball in the park by my house. I lift weights on occasion. I try to stay as active as possible.

Any New Year's eating resolutions?
I try not to do resolutions. 

Have you ever done a fad diet?
No, I'm not much of a dieter in general. I believe in balance, so if I have a burger one day the next day I eat vegetarian. 

Any foods or drinks you actively avoid?
The only thing I actively avoid is buckwheat, which I'm allergic to. Otherwise, I don't eat a lot of sweets, I never chew gum and I try to keep my meat intake on the lighter side.

Have you ever struggled with your weight?
Not really. 

Do you or have you juiced and if so how much?
My wife Maya loves green juice, but I don't ever juice. I like it, but don't have it regularly enough to call it a routine.


Jason Vincent is chef of Chicago's Nightwood and a recipient of a 2013 Best New Chef award from Food & Wine.

What's the first thing you eat/drink in the morning?
I eat whatever my daughter eats. Usually bread, pineapple juice (her choice, not mine), Cheerios, apples, eggs (only for her…they make me poop).

What's your fitness routine, if any?
I try to walk at least "a half hour a day." That translates to "never."

Any New Year's eating resolutions?
As far as New Year's resolutions go, I'm going for the "end of smoking." My "one a day" habit is getting really old. I want it to be done! It's gross!

Have you ever done a fad diet?
No fad diets. Check out the picture of the guy who came up with "the cleanse."

Any foods or drinks you actively avoid?
I don't eat a lot of read meat and try to avoid sugar. I basically eat things that I, somehow, don't classify as "gross." I'm a snob when it comes to putting something in my mouth.

Have you ever struggled with your weight?
I totally struggle with my weight, who doesn't? (Shameless plug: My wife is 19 weeks pregnant and she's drop dead gorgeous).

Do you or have you juiced and if so how much?
No juice…Frank Thomas, bitch!

[Note: Jason is one of several chefs who initially believed that "juiced" referred to steroids.]


Rob Newton is chef and owner of Seersucker and Nightingale 9, both located in Brooklyn.

What is the first thing you eat/drink in the morning?
Coffee, usually iced and made at home.

What's your fitness routine, if any?
I have a trainer and work out three times a week. The goal is four, but I never seem to make it.

Any New Year's eating resolutions?
To make it to Burma this year and try their food!

Have you ever done a fad diet?
Not really. I enjoy wheatgrass…is that a fad?

Any food or drinks you actively avoid?
Mountain Dew, Pepsi, energy drinks. Stuff like that.

Have you ever struggled with your weight?
Not really. I work out to be able to eat what I want. I'll never be the "skinny guy."


Franklin Becker is the chef and owner of NYC's Little Beet. He formerly served as Executive Chef of EMM Group.

What's the first thing you eat/drink in the morning?
I’ll eat the raw oatmeal, quinoa oatmeal or an egg white omelet that we have at Little Beet. I normally get in at 5 a.m.

What's your fitness routine, if any?
Citi Bike, until it got cold. I try to do Soul Cycle, but haven’t done it in a long time because I burn off enough calories with work.

Any New Year's eating resolutions?
To cook and eat what I preach.

Have you ever done a fad diet?
As a matter of fact I have, and I lost 32 pounds on it. I did Rocco DiSpirito’s diet – I don’t want to call it a “fad diet” because he spent so many years perfecting it, but it really works and I advocate for it.

Any foods or drinks you actively avoid?
I avoid all soda and sweet, sugary drinks. I’ll lean towards unsweetened ice tea and coconut water.

Have you ever struggled with your weight?
I always played sports and was active, so I’ve never been “fat” but I’ve certainly had my moments where I’ve gained more weight than I should have. I have diabetes and have struggled with my health because of that — I can fluctuate on a dime.

Do you or have you juiced and if so how much?
I have, but as part of my daily routine and not as a juice cleanse, since I am diabetic.

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