Food Diaries: How Chef Victor Albisu Eats for a Day

The owner of Taco Bamba and Del Campo is on a mission to win the Fit for Hope DC Challenge.

Opening two restaurants in one year is hard enough, but chef Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba in Falls Church and Del Campo in Chinatown has another task on his plate: winning the Fit for Hope DC Challenge

Albisu is one of 16 local chefs participating in the first-ever DC weight-loss challenge to benefit the American Cancer Society. So far, he’s lost 7.6 pounds, although he admits he’s still working on curbing his late-night snacking habit. Read on to see how Albisu fuels up these days to supplement his new workout regimen.

Breakfast (10 AM): “Like most mornings, I start the day with coffee and eggs. Today, I had four hard-boiled eggs, but only ate 1.5 yolks.”

Morning snack (11:30 AM): “During my morning meeting and check-in at Taco Bamba, I had a midday snack. One chicken tinga taco with onions, cilantro, and jalapeños on a corn tortilla.”

Lunch (1:45 PM): “As you can see, I spend the majority of my day and night between my two restaurants, so I’ve been trying to find healthy meal and snack options at both. Today, I ate lunch at Del Campo after lunch service and before a workout with my trainer at Vida. Cabbage salad with radishes, avocado, lemon juice, and olive oil topped with a four-ounce filet mignon and chimichurri.”

Workout (3 PM): One-hour training session at Vida. “We spent most of the time doing cardio on the bike and elliptical machines, plus pushups, core work, and some much-needed stretching.”

Dinner (6:15 PM): “Squeezed in a quick dinner before dinner service at Del Campo. This time I chose the grilled chopped salad (heart of palm, peppers, olives, croutons, deviled quail eggs, and lettuce) topped with a piece of grilled salmon.”

Late-night snack (11 PM): I’m usually hungry after work, so curbing late-night eating has been the biggest challenge for me. Tonight, I had a bowl of fresh watermelon as a late-night snack.”

Disclaimer: The Food Diaries series is intended to be inspirational and is not an endorsement of each individual’s diet.

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