THE CHEW Announces Culinary Finalists for Weight Watchers Competition

THE CHEW Announces Culinary Finalists for Weight Watchers Competition

Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) in partnership with ABC's hit food and lifestyle show "The Chew" (weekdays 1:00-2:00 P.M., ET) today introduced the six culinary professional finalists who will compete in "The Chew Search for the Weight Watchers Chef." Beginning WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 the contestants will appear weekly on "The Chew" to showcase their skills in developing and preparing healthy, delicious dishes for a chance to win $75,000, and a one-year consulting contract with Weight Watchers as the Weight Watchers Chef. From November 18-December 8, 2013, eligible culinary professionals were invited to enter the Contest online by sharing their culinary resume and a short video describing how great tasting food can support a healthy lifestyle and demonstrate how to make an indulgent dish healthier. Two hosts of "The Chew" and a Weight Watchers representative will serve as judges as the contestants battle it out on-air in the tournament-style competition, leaving just the top competitors to Face Off for the grand prize in the finale scheduled to air on February 19.

The six talented finalists describe their food philosophy as follows:

Sophia Albanna (Houston, TX) - Sophia's food philosophy centers on nutrient dense, diet-friendly meals that leave you feeling completely satisfied. Sophia is pursuing a master's degree in nutrition to be a Registered Dietician. When she is not busy studying, she writes columns and leads at-home calls for a clinic teaching those battling obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart related diseases how to recreate dishes to be healthier.

Lisa Fontanesi (Los Angeles, CA) - Lisa's passion for cooking comes from family -- starting with countless hours spent cooking and baking in her grandmother's kitchen. In tribute to her mother-in-law and father, who believed food and family belonged together, she created Kidding Around The Kitchen as a way to teach hands on cooking and nutrition classes in local schools throughout Southern California.

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