George Stella, Chef, TV Host, and Author
George Stella's career in the food industry started at a young age while living in Deerfield Beach, Florida. and although his first job was as a dishwasher at the age of 13, George quickly found himself working at some of Florida's leading restaurants.
In the early 80's, he worked as an executive chef for the Philips Petroleum Company showcase restaurant, 'Windows on the Green,' located in the Pier 66 Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. George would then go on to work with the owner of the famous 'MARK'S' restaurants, Chef Mark Militelo. Together in 1984 with Dennis Max, they brought the first California Cuisine menu to the state of Florida, opening 'Café Max' in Pompano Beach; it is still open today.
Chef George Stella had no way of knowing that by the age of 40 he would reach the weight of 470 pounds. Being obese, George experienced serious heart problems that took him out of the kitchens and threatened his life and his career. After trying and failing every other diet, George turned to the then somewhat controversial low-carb approach, and with his experience as a chef, he was easily able to leave processed and sugar-laden foods behind, opting for colorful, healthy, fresh food choices that lead to an astounding 265-pound weight loss.
By 2002, George was healthier than ever and returned to his passion for the kitchen as a Disney chef at Walt Disney World's 'Grand Floridian Resort.' During his time there, he catered fairy-tale weddings and practiced his culinary talents at such fine restaurants as 'Victoria & Albert's' and 'Citricos.' He also conducted healthy cooking classes and personal chef catering services in Orlando, Florida, that were ultimately recognized by local television.
Along the way to getting healthy, George blended his passion for fresh food and cooking with helping to inspire and motivate others to eat healthier and make better fresh food choices—to get back in their kitchens and cook!
George has been written about in magazines and newspapers and featured on national television networks and shows such as ABC's The View, CBS 48 Hours, Entertainment Tonight, and The Insider.
He went on to have his own Food Network weekly series: "Low Carb and Loving It," has authored SIX bestselling cookbooks, and appears regularly on the QVC shopping channel.
Today, George is a self-described "Motivational Chef" on a mission to lead people back to their kitchens to cook and have Fun with Families, Friends, and Fresh Food!
He is most proud of his representation of 250 Chapters of the Association of Junior Leagues International for their ongoing childhood obesity awareness campaign called "Kids in the Kitchen," designed to inspire and teach kids and families to eat healthier.
George Stella, a professional chef for over thirty years, is an official spokesman for the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. He has appeared on numerous television and news shows, including two seasons of his own show, Low Carb and Lovin' It on the Food Network and has written six bestselling cookbooks. Connecticut born, he has spent more than half his life in Florida, where he lives today with his wife of over 30 years Rachel.
You can catch up with George, his family, and other families eating fresh, healthy foods at www.StellaStyle.com
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