How you find time to exercise: I drop my son off at daycare and work out at least three days a week before work (if I get to work before exercising, usually I don't get out). It’s not good for your knees and back to be standing for 12 hours, so exercise keeps you from hurting.
Hardest thing about being a chef, fitness-wise: Constantly tasting and eating, and I have a huge sweet tooth, so it’s just counterproductive to staying fit. If I don’t work out, there are also mental consequences for me — you definitely notice.
Favorite workout: Boxing at Joe Hand Gym in the city with my trusty coach, Wade Hinnant. I also like to go surfing in Jersey, even in the winter.
If you miss your workout: Five-minute planks with the entire Zahav management team, for real. (See photo.)
Best tip on how to stay fit: It's just discipline. You perform better at your job when you are fit. (When I'm stressed out and not working out, I'm gonna eat candy bars and be an asshole!) Exercise is the best mood stabilizer ever, and being able to surpass goals and do things you thought you couldn't do is addictive.