The celebrity chef returned to the small screen tonight, for the first episode of the new series Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start. It came after the Michelin-starred chef released his new recipe book, of the same name. In the episode, the 45-year-old admitted that he struggled with something that’s at the heart of his plan: finding time to eat home cooked family meals. However, while the BBC star revealed his schedule could make this tricky, he went on to explain how he made up for it.
“The simple joy of home cooked family meal is at the heart of my plan, but so many things can get in the way of this,” he said in the instalment.
“For me, finding time in my busy schedule is the biggest hurdle,” he told viewers.
Tom went on to inform viewers that he instead set about making sure that Sundays were designated for family meals.
He continued: “So, I try to ring fence Sundays and make sure that they’re a super special day, where we can all sit down together and eat.”
The 45-year-old, who is 6’3”, used to weigh in at 30 stone.
However, as he approached the milestone age of 40, he made the decision to shed the pounds.
After upping his exercise routine and changing his diet, Tom now weighs a healthier 18 stone.
The chef also cut alcohol out of his diet, and these days, he follows the lesser-known “dopamine diet” in order to maintain his weight loss results.
This diet plan includes foods such as eggs, dairy products, unprocessed meats, and dark chocolate – as well as fruit and vegetables.
His new show, Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start, looks at how, in busy households, many people find themselves looking for quick and easy food choices to make for the whole family.
While there is an array of healthy options out there, this can leave some falling back on ready-made meals – which can sometimes be packed full with calories.
However, the star has been on hand to offer an alternative – sharing one of his recipes with viewers during the latest episode.
Tonight, the chef showed viewers how to make a chicken peanut stir fry.
The recipe features a selection of vegetables, as well as noodles, chicken, and peanut sauce.
In the episode, the chef fried the foods in a pan, and moments later, announces it was ready to be served.
And, after whipping up the meal, Tom shared it out with the guests in his kitchen.
“The great thing about a dish like this, is it doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, or a lot of time,” he said.
“If you’re used to taking things out of the freezer, well instead of it being a pizza or a lasagne that you haven’t made, it could be some of those frozen noodles.”
Summing up his delight about the family having enjoyed the meal, Tom added: “That’s a great result. A happy family all enjoying a quick and delicious home cooked meal.”
As well as having altered what he ate, Tom previously revealed that he had taken up swimming in order to shift the pounds.
In an interview for the BBC Radio Four show Desert Island Discs, the chef explained: “Exercise is big, so I started off by swimming.
“I’d swim a mile and I’d swim it really slowly and I wouldn’t give up.”
Nowadays, Tom can often be found working out in the gym.
Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start continues next Wednesday on BBC Two at 8pm.