People to Know: Sam Talbot
Spy on a chef during those private moments outside work, and you won't see someone slaving over a complicated meal. Most can whip up a healthy dinner that actually tastes good (not that restaurants typically serve a lot of healthy fare, mind you), but when it comes to chefs' own meals, the idea of eating healthfully often gets thrown out the window. But not for Sam Talbot.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, Sam takes an approach to cuisine that goes beyond each taste, each meal. He sees no dividing line between eating for pleasure and eating for health, and focuses on fresh, whole foods when he cooks, both professionally and for himself. In his cookbook, The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries, and through his work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's The Sweet Life Kitchen event, Sam proves that eating for diabetes control can be easy, exciting, and, above all, delicious.
Art Smith was a personal chef for Oprah Winfrey and owns five restaurants. His type 2 diabetes is in remission.