Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, 46, understands only too well what it’s like to be overweight. Over the past six years he has lost 12st through healthier eating and better lifestyle habits. Now Tom, of Michelin-starred gastropub The Hand and Flowers, has released his latest book, Lose Weight & Get Fit, to help others looking for a better balance.
Tom shares with us below his top tips for a healthier lifestyle along with recipes for your journey:
What sparked a positive change in your lifestyle?
I was approaching my 40th birthday, and after years of eating the wrong foods, drinking and partying, combined with the stress of running a business, I knew I needed to make a change. As a kid, I played rugby at school, but I didn’t carry it on. Being a chef, I was in the kitchen at weekends, not playing sport. That’s changing, now; chefs go to the gym at lunchtime!
Any tips for those who want to get healthier?
It takes about three months to form a new habit; you just have to stick with it, whether it’s going to the gym or cutting out sugar. That’s the key. With the right mentality, you can achieve anything.
How do you make healthier meals taste good?
I’ll use a small amount of a high-calorie ingredient in a clever way – a splash of full-fat coconut milk for extra creaminess or cheese or chorizo to boost flavour.
recipe one: Black pepper beef stir-fry
Tuck into healthier fast food in a flash with this crunchy stir-fry made with lean steak. There is plenty of veg too (two of your five a day, in fact), with red and green peppers bringing colour to the dish.
recipe two: Chicken, tomato and mozzarella salad
Take chicken up a notch by wrapping it in crisp Parma ham. The tender chicken breast sits on top of a salad bursting with freshness and flavour thanks to juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and an olive oil and balsamic glaze dressing.
recipe three: Blackberry and yogurt fool
Two types of Greek yogurt form the basis of this fruity dessert. Swirl through a delicious compote made from sharp Granny Smith apples, juicy blackberries and fiery ginger. Finish with a sprinkling of pistachios for added crunch.