Celebrity chef Simon Gault is using his status to help Kiwis lose weight as part of the DOT Aotearoa Project. Gault, along with 40 other people suffering from obesity and diabetes, will take part in the 12-week programme founded by sports scientist Jay Harrison.

“I’ve sort of ended up with the status ‘celebrity’, which I absolutely hate because I never set out as a chef to be a celebrity or be on television,” he admitted. “However, being lumped with that hideous term, if there’s something I can do to help New Zealand, that’s what’s motivating me. Do I like exposing myself for everyone to know about my health? No I don’t. But it actually can make a difference and help people. Visually people can see if I’ve lost a lot of weight. People can see I’ve kept that weight off.”