The New Face Of Healthy Cooking: Weight Watchers® And ABC's "The Chew" Crown
Winner In "The Chew Search For The Weight Watchers Chef"
Chicago-Based Chef Ryan Hutmacher to Serve as First-Ever Consulting Chef for
the Weight Loss Company
NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014
NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --After six weeks of culinary
competition, Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW) teamed up with
ABC's food and lifestyle show "The Chew"today announce the winner of "The
Chew Search for the Weight Watchers Chef": Ryan Hutmacher, a Chicago-based
chef and passionate healthy lifestyle expert. Now, Hutmacher receives
a$75,000, one-year consulting contract with Weight Watchers and the
opportunity to serve as the first-ever Weight Watchers Chef.
Chef Ryan's culinary journey began with a personal health transformation
almost 10 years ago. After years of struggling with his own weight, Ryan
transformed his eating habits, which not only helped him to lose weight, but
also set him on the path of a new culinary career. Ryan graduated from
culinary school, trained in France, and developed a new appreciation for the
profound effects healthy food can have on both mind and body. He soon
co-founded Centered Chef, a Chicago culinary studio where he and his team
focus on educating, entertaining and inspiring through healthy cooking.
"We were impressed by Ryan's knowledge and skill as a chef, as well as his
passion and enthusiasm for how great tasting food can support a healthy
lifestyle," said Lesya Lysyj, President – North America, Weight Watchers. "We
believe people will connect with his personal weight loss journey and will be
inspired by his creative, fresh and modern approach to cooking."
"Serving as the Weight Watchers Chef is the opportunity of a lifetime," said
Chef Ryan Hutmacher. "I know what it's like to struggle with weight and I
share the Weight Watchers philosophy that you can enjoy all of the delicious
foods you love in moderation. I hope to inspire and educate people to develop
new habits around food as they work towards their weight loss goals."
The competition phase of "The Chew Search for the Weight Watchers Chef" kicked
off on January 15 with six experienced culinary professionals vying for the
role. During weekly segments on the "The Chew," airing weekdays (1:00-2:00
P.M. ET) on the ABC Television Network, the contestants showcased their skills
in developing and preparing healthy, delicious dishes for the following
challenges: Breakfast, Family Meal, Party Food, Comfort Food, Valentine's Day
Dessert, and Dinner Party.
In each of the first three weeks of the competition, two chefs were challenged
to prepare dishes using the good-for-you foods from Simple Start, the new
two-week starter plan from Weight Watchers designed to provide a helpful
on-ramp to weight loss success. The three remaining contestants then battled
it out creating recipes within a specific Weight Watchers PointsPlus® value
Weight Watchers Online ambassador, actress, and busy mom Ana Gasteyer joined
"The Chew" co-hosts and Weight Watchers Leader Melanie Kann at the judge's
table for the February 5 Comfort Food Battle, which narrowed the field to two
Part one of the finals, which aired February 12, challenged the two finalists
to a Valentine's Day dessert battle. Part two of the finals, which aired
today, featured a dinner party challenge in which the finalists created a
guest-worthy meal. Ryan edged out his competition with his winning dish –
Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Minted Yogurt Sauce and Citrus Tabbouleh.
To learn more about Chef Ryan, get all the recipes from the competition, and
see photos and video clips from "The Chew" competition, visitTheChew.com.
About Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world's leading provider of weight
management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and
franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds over 40,000 meetings each week
where members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns,
behavior modification and physical activity. WeightWatchers.comprovides
innovative, subscription weight management products over the Internet and is
the leading Internet-based provider of these products in the world. In
addition, Weight Watchers offers a wide range of products, publications and
programs for those interested in weight loss and weight control.
About "The Chew"
Celebrating and exploring life through food, "The Chew" is an innovative and
groundbreaking daytime series co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun,
relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Produced byGordon
Elliott'sChew Productions for the ABC Television Network, "The Chew" serves
up everything food -- from cooking and home entertaining to food trends,
restaurants, holidays and more -- all aimed at making life better, fuller and
more fun. Featuring celebrity chefsMario Batali,Michael Symon, andCarla
Hall, entertaining expertClinton Kellyand health and wellness
enthusiastDaphne Oz, "The Chew" is a leap forward into a delicious new kind
of lifestyle series.
SOURCE Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Contact: Weight Watchers: Kristi Widmar, 212-589-2786,
Kristi.Widmar@weightwatchers.com; Meghan McCarrick: 646-935-4135,
Meghan.Mccarrick@ketchum.com; ABC Entertainment Group Communications:
Bridgette Maney: 212-456-1429, Bridgette.Maney@abc.com; Patrick Preblick:
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