ben ford, chef, author

My Healthy: Ben Ford

What wellness means to the adventurous LA chef and newly minted author.

Diet isn’t a word you’d expect to hear out of the mouth of a chef known for manly fare often cooked in a cinder block pit or cowboy cauldron. But Ben Ford, son of Harrison and founder of the popular Ford’s Filling Station restaurants, says he relies on a healthy diet to balance out the hearty feasts for which he’s known. “It’s about staying active and working out—in the gym, hiking, doing stairs—but also about diet. I need to watch that with what I do,” says Ford, who played baseball at USC before injuries quelled his hopes of going pro. 

Following the release of his first cookbook,Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking, which celebrates the large-scale outdoor feasts Ford grew up with, and on the eve of the launch party for his third Ford's Filling Station, which opens in downtown LA this fall, the man himself gave us a peek at what helps him thrive.