the incredible shrinking chef

2012 is off to a very good start for the Whalen family. And last night, I felt like we were a part of that very proud, very loving family.

If you have seen Rocco lately, then you know there’s now a lot less of him to love. That’s because he has made some serious life changes and has decided to put himself – his health – first. Something that those closest to him shared last night was well over-do because apparently he is a man that is known to constantly put everyone and everything ahead of himself.

The chef, arguably one of Cleveland’s most well-liked and respected talents (seriously – who has more passion than this guy?), spent the past few months participating in a new show set to air later this month on The Food Network. The show documents Rocco’s journey to significant weight loss and overall better health.

He looks fantastic. Truly. I was honored to be a part of his “big reveal” for his final taping among his family and friends. It was an emotional and inspiring evening that you couldn’t help but get caught up in.

The show airs on Jan 26 at 10 p.m.

As part of the chef’s life changes, look for us to be affected, too. Beginning January 15th, he’s introducing a Fahren-Lite menu. Yes, you can still get the short ribs (breath), but now you have lighter option, too. And each dish lists the calories. Seared tuna salad with mixed greens, miso vinaigrette and sprouts (204 calories). Yes, please.

Also, look for Rocco to become Michael Symon’s latest neighbor. On January 17th, he’ll open Rocco’s Tacos & Nachos in The Q, just a few steps down from Symon’s B Spot.



  1. peltz.allison
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    way to go, rocco!

  2. cleshopaholic
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    That’s so awesome- I’ve noticed him checking into the gym on twitter!! AND, I love that I call still go to Fahrenheit on a diet!!

  3. Jamie V
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Enjoy all of your success Rocco. It’s nice to see so many good things happening for such a great guy.

  4. poiseinparma
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Love that Rocco is providing tasty yet healthier options on his menu. Here’s to more good eats and better health in 2012.

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