Diary of a Diabetic Chef: A new Oregonian column

Every year, close to 2 million people are diagnosed with diabetes.

But how many of those are accomplished chefs?

ken.JPGView full sizeKen Gordon, owner of Kenny and Zuke’s Deli, was diagnosed with diabetes early this year. He will keep a diary of his efforts to help improve his condition with diet and exercise.

Every year, close to 2 million people are diagnosed with diabetes.

But how many of those are accomplished chefs?

And how many of those chefs are Ken Gordon, the Kenny in Portland’s Kenny & Zuke’s? (The answer is one, by the way.)

The 57-year-old reacted the way many do to a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, vowing to shed weight (in his case, 40 pounds in six months) through exercise, a few supplements and modifications to his diet.

Unlike Paula Deen, he’ll be doing it without a contract with a diabetes drug maker and, for that matter, without diabetes drugs.

And as he embarks on the first serious diet of his life, you can learn from his successes and, inevitably, a misstep or two, in a new weekly column, The Diary of a Diabetic Chef.

He’ll share recipes (a much healthier hamburger, for instance), tips (how to eat out on a diet) and his own ups and downs.

You can read it all, starting next Wednesday in the Living section.