10 Things You Didn't Know About Chef Sam Talbot

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Chef Sam Talbot

Read on to learn more about Sam Talbot.

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If Not A Chef Then...

"If I wasn't a chef I would be a barber or a designer," Sam explains.

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A Singing Chef...

"I randomly [break] out into tune at loud, horrifying ranges and it happens all the time," Sam admits.

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Dream Unhealthy Meal Is...

"If I could eat anything and not worry about my health I would eat Alaskan king crab legs drowned in butter with a side of duck confeit banquette with mayo and mustard, washing it down with diet orange soda."

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Learned From Top Chef....

"It was an eye opening experience," Sam says. "It throws you into a national platform, heavily scrutinized and highly criticized, and it makes you put some hair on your chest. It really allows you to let things roll off your back that normally might have devastated you. When you get ripped apart on national TV, any other time you’re like, 'it’s all good.'"

"I think it was a great experience, and it opened a ton of doors for me. I met a lot of great people, kept some really cool relationships." Talbot keeps in touch with both Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio.

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Has A Pet Named...

"I have cat named Snack Rabbit Diva that I don't talk about, and I will never mention her again."

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Painting Skills...

"I'm not the best painter but I'm convinced I am [Andy] Warhol, Walt Disney, Kanye [West], a creative genius," says Talbot.

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The Effect Of Diabetes...

"I think without diabetes I probably would have taken a different path. I would have been cooking, just I don’t know if i would have been so aware [of health]...I’m aware of everything that goes into my body. It’s become a science and almost a hobby of mine. I think that allows me to speak to people [who] want to get on the bandwagon of health and wellness," he explains.

"I’m constantly researching the newest product or the lower glycemic alternatives or sugar alternatives. Without being a diabetic, I don’t know if I ever would have gone down that path of searching and researching for the next best thing."

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Staying Healthy...

Sam is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle even beyond the kitchen. "I meditate daily," says the health guru.

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Most Meaningful Compliment...

For Sam the most meaningful compliments come from people he's affected with his panels on nutrition and health. He explains, "I get emails to my website from mothers that say, 'my little boy only ate chicken fingers, pasta and macaroni and cheese, and since he saw you speak, he hasn’t eaten pasta because you said you don’t; he hasn’t eaten fried chicken because you said you don’t.' Those are the ones that really resonate with me."

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Biggest Culinary Compliment...

"I’ve gotten praise from Eric Ripert, and you just ooze in your seat. Eric Ripert is a star and a gentleman and a guy that any chef would want to emulate (or any man [for that matter]). He’s a living legend," Sam shares.

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You might recognize Sam Talbot from Top Chef, but what you don't know about the acclaimed chef is that his cooking career had humble beginnings. Talbot recalls cooking breakfast with his grandmother and that childhood experience led him on his culinary path. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis at 12 furthered his interest in food, and the craft of nutritious cooking became his life passion.

Check out the slideshow above to find out what he learned from Top Chef and nine other things you didn't know about Chef Sam Talbot.

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