Oprah’s Celebrity Chef Four Month 70 lb Quarantine Weight Loss

Michelle Obama and Oprah’s celebrity chef, Art Smith, lost 70 lbs in less than 4 months Quarantining with rugby player, Lucas Cancelier

Alexandria Jordan

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 28th, 2020 1:15pm pst

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AfterBuzzTV Quarantine Care: Weight Loss Edition

While many of us are struggling to not gain the “Quarantine 15”, a celebrity chef has kickstarted his weightloss journey while in Quarantine. Celebrity Chef, Art Smith, lost 70 lbs since February with the help of pro-rugby player, Lucas Cancelier. 

Previously working as Oprah’s personal chef for many years, Smith accredits his weight loss to family friend and rugby trainer, Lucas Cancelier. Cancelier decided to visit Smith, his husband Jesus Salgueri, and their four children in Florida. However, he decided to stay put with the family instead of flying back home to Argentina in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While quarantining, the chef opened up about his struggles with his weight and type 2 diabetes. The rugby player, who also happens to be a fitness trainer, decided to put his strengths to use. Smith told Today, “Cancelier said ‘Let’s try something!’ He put together an exercise routine for me. We ran to the sporting goods store and got some simple things like a yoga mat. And when nobody could go to the gym, we started running on railroad tracks turned into a walking path.”

Along with exercise, Smith cut down on processed sugars and sweet treats. Being an author of four cookbooks, he also wanted to reflect his personal changes in his cooking. The chef has been sharing “Healthy & Comfort Cooking” tips on his Instagram virtual cooking shows that show healthy versions of dishes like mac & cheese, pizza, and pastas.


Smith, who owns several southern-style restaurants around the country, won Top Chef Masters, and even cooked for Michelle Obama, said that his craft consumed him and led him to a less-than-healthy lifestyle — and he was tired of it. Smith now hopes to inspire his employees and his customers with lighter dishes that are “just as delicious and tasty.”

He told Today, “When you go into a restaurant and see a chef that looks heavy or sloppy, what do you think? You’d maybe think that the food is going to be heavy and sloppy. I think this affects everything. You have to be good to yourself and take care of yourself to be a good businessperson.” 

Initially, Smith, who weighed 330 lbs, set a goal of losing 30 pounds, but he has since lost 70 lbs since February. He told Today, he feels happier, smiles more and was able to cope with the stress of managing his restaurants during the pandemic. Smith also hopes to one day run the Walt Disney World Marathon.

Feeling inspired by this 60 year old’s transformation and want to follow in his footsteps? Cancelier shared that it’s important to keep a balanced routine in which you still can eat food you enjoy. He advised cutting out processed sugars and limiting a sweet treat to a couple times a week rather than every night. Then, develop a doable workout you can learn to enjoy everyday. 

Cancelier began posting simple workout routines for all ages -in Spanish- on his Instagram. He told Today, “A lot of people are scared about starting to exercise, so I’m trying to teach simple exercises. I do three or four workouts, each one is 4 to 6 minutes. If you don’t finish one, no problem. And when you finish one, you can do the next one! If you want to enjoy eating, you have to enjoy training. You train 30 minutes in your house and you can enjoy it. You make it normal.”

In regards to Cancelier, Smith said “Who would ever think that a pro rugby player would get stuck with me and that he would change my whole life? He’s more than a coach. He’s a mentor.”

This is truly an inspiring story. Let us know what changes you plan to make to come out of the Quarantine a healthier YOU. 

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Quarantine self-care.

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About The Author:

Alexandria Jordan is an on-air host and red carpet correspondent with AfterBuzz TV and Black Hollywood Live. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves connecting with people who share similar interests.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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