in 1959, Chef George Stella had no way of knowing that by the age of 40 he
would reach the weight of 470 pounds. Being obese, George experienced
serious heart problems that threatened his life and his career. After
trying and failing every other diet, George turned to the then somewhat
controversial low-carb approach. With his experience in the food industry
and his family's tremendous success story, George is now revolutionizing
the way one eats low-carb, and is working to help inspire others.
George Stella's career in the food industry started at a young age while
living in Deerfield Beach,
While his first job was as a dishwasher at the age of 13, George quickly
found himself working at some of Florida's leading restaurants.
the early 80's he worked as an Executive Chef for the Philips Petroleum
Company showcase restaurant, 'Windows on the Green' located in the Pier 66
Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. George would then go on to work with the owner
of the famous 'MARK'S' restaurants, Chef Mark Militelo. Together they
brought the first California Cuisine menu to the state of Florida, and
also opened 'Café Max' in Pompano Beach.
Besides working as a successful chef, George Stella extended his creative
energy into other areas of the food industry. George invented a food
product line called 'Cooking Magic,' and founded 'Stella Foods' to
distribute his gourmet food products to grocery stores such as Publix and
Winn Dixie. George also presented cooking demonstrations alongside
celebrities such as Paul Pruhdomme, and Julia Child in order to promote
seafood for the State of Florida, Department of Natural Resources, and
Division of Seafood Marketing in Tallahassee.
Despite George's creative ingenuity and success as a chef, it became
difficult for George to keep a job because of his overwhelming weight. At
the height of his weight, George found himself on Social Security
disability with Congestive Heart Failure, and often had to use a
wheelchair to get around. Doctors warned George that disregarding his
obesity would be fatal, and therefore in October of 1999 he started a
George Stella's wife of 25 years, Rachel Stella, was having problems with
her weight as well, and together they experienced staggering weight loss.
George dropped 265 pounds from his original 470, and Rachel lost 75
George and Rachel's success eventually inspired their two sons, Christian
and Anthony, to try a low-carb diet. Their youngest son, Christian, who at
the age of 15 weighed in at 305 pounds, tried the diet first and lost 165
pounds. Anthony would also see a significant loss of weight, losing 75
Culinary talent can be found not only in George, but also in his wife
Rachel, who had been a commercial baker before meeting George. Together,
with their expertise, they have developed numerous naturally low-carb
recipes. Their recipes range from snacks and meals, to delicious low-carb
desserts such as Rachel's muffins and cakes. A common thread between all
of their dishes are the fresh foods and ingredients, something that should
be the staple of all healthy diets.
their ability to fulfill any low-carb dieter's cravings, the Stella's
looked to help others by sharing their knowledge and abilities as chefs.
'The Low Carb Chefs!' was created in order to provide much needed support
by going into clients' homes, not only to cook a week's worth of low-carb
gourmet meals, but also to teach them how to shop low-carb.
After his success living a low-carb lifestyle, George worked as a chef at
Walt Disney World's 'Grand Floridian Hotel' in fine restaurants such as
'Victoria and Albert's' and 'Citricos.'
a success story such as the Stella family's, it was not long before George
and Rachel were featured in several magazine and newspaper stories, as
well as on television networks such as FOX, CNN, and CBS Television
Nightly News in Orlando,
They have also appeared regularly on FOX News' national morning news
show 'Fox and Friends,' and ABC's 'The View,' where they have demonstrated
various low-carb dishes such as gourmet pizza, Key Lime cheesecake, and
Strawberry Shortcake Martinis.