Dean Edwards is best known as the chef on ITV's Lorraine, but his impressive body transformation is also getting him plenty of attention. Despite being his fittest ever, single Dean's not looking for love - sorry, ladies!
Former Masterchef contestant Dean Edwards is best known as the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine, but he has another passion – keeping fit.
Now caught up with Dean, 38, to talk about his body blitz – and why, despite looking the best he’s ever looked, he’s not interested in dating!
You recently took part in a charity football match for the PDSA alongside Dan Osborne and Calum Best. How was that?
Dan Osborne is an absolute beast! There’s a picture of him trying to tackle me. I’d never met him before but I have met Calum on a few occasions. I‘m coming into my latter years so it takes me a few days to recover from these games but I absolutely love it; I’m a big football fan so to get to play in professional stadiums in front of thousands of people is unreal.
What other celebs have you been hanging out with recently?
Working on Lorraine, I get to meet loads of people when they’re guests on the show. I got the chance to cook for David Jason recently, and yes, I did make him mange tout – I had to! Someone else I was absolutely buzzing about meeting was Adam Richmond from Man Vs. Food. He does so many of my favourite cookery shows.
So, you’re looking great at the moment, but what inspired you to get fit?
I literally just dedicated myself to it; I wanted to get myself in the best shape I’ve ever been. I did a 12-week transformation programme with [personal trainer and three-time Olympic athlete] Sarah Lindsay, and the hardest part was the food side. I was lifting weights every day so I had to make sure I was getting enough calories.
As for why I did it, it’s not to impress other people. A lot of people seem to write themselves off when they get to their mid-thirties but I’m completely the opposite. I’ve always been a confident person but I wanted to feel better about myself.
What’s your favourite exercise?
Apart from football, I love hitting the gym. I’ve really caught the bug! During my 12-week programme, I put on a stone and lost 10% body fat, and that’s inspired me to keep going to see what I can achieve in the next six months. I also got into boxing a couple of years ago.
As a chef, was it easy to alter your diet while getting fit?
I’d always been in the position where I could eat whatever I wanted without it any consequences, but it hit me when I got to my mid-thirties. I really stopped and looked at what I was eating, and I don’t recognise the person I was before! I can’t believe the difference in my energy levels. People don’t realise just how integral the food element is when you’re trying to shape up.
So what did you cut out?
My diet pretty much consisted of protein, and I ate a lot of carbs. It’s about eating the right thing at the right time, I believe in a balanced diet and I cut out unprocessed foods and sugar. If you start cooking things using fresh ingredients, you’re halfway there already.
You’re single at the moment so do you think your new physique might attract a lady?
You should [lose weight] for yourself, not for other people! Who knows what’s around the corner. The only thing I’m 100 percent sure of is that the most important woman in my life is my daughter Indie. She’s literally first, last, and second place. If the time comes and I do meet someone, they have to fit in around her. She’s nearly six – but going on sixteen!
Do you find it easy to get Indie to eat healthily?
When it comes to food and kids it’s always an uphill battle. With Indie, I’ll cook her something one week which she loves, then the next week she won’t like it! First and foremost, make the food fun, and try to get the kids involved in the kitchen. I find that if Indie is there chopping or making a mess, she ends up eating it all and enjoying it. Get kids to fall in love with food at an early age, and they’ll love it for the rest of their life.
Have you got any quick tips to eat better?
Plan! Whatever you’re making for dinner, cook a little bit more and save it for lunch the next day. If you don’t do that, you’ll end up buying food and eating stuff you shouldn’t be. You’ll also save loads of money by planning your meals ahead, too.
Dean’s book, Feelgood Family Food, is out now