Chef Chris Santos: The Boxer

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March 19, 2015 Updated: October 8, 2018

Chef Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex, The Stanton Social), traditional gym workouts just don’t work for him. His passion is boxing, and he trains at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, alongside boxing pros—the equivalent of training at basketball with the Knicks, if you could.

Santos grew up watching boxing at his grandfather’s knee and has been training seriously since 1993.

He harbors no thoughts of payroll when he’s boxing, he’s wholly focused. He gets “crazy strength from doing this. And there’s no way I’m eating garbage food and drinking a bunch of beer. It keeps me on point.”