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Famous NYC restaurateur is competing in Ironman

Updated: October 10, 2011, 9:31 AM ET
By Alex Prewitt

The "ah-ha" moment for Joe Bastianich came when he stopped looking at food as a reward, a big step for a world-famous restaurateur and competitive cooking show judge.

Rather than eat for pleasure, Bastianich began viewing the production of his work as fuel for athletic ambitions. That, he said, was the tipping point.

On Saturday, Bastianich will compete in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, a far cry from where he said he was 20 years ago.

"Back then, I'd ...

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