You may see a familiar face on national television very soon. Chicago chef, and Quincy native, Ryan Hutmacher has been selected as one of six finalists for a culinary competition on the ABC program 'The Chew.'

'The Chew Search for the Weight Watchers Chef' is a contest between culinary professionals who will compete for a $75,000 grand prize, and a one-year consulting contract with Weight Watchers as the Weight Watchers Chef.

Ryan is  the co-founder of Centered Chef in Chicago, " a unique culinary studio focused on integrating clean eating experiences into social and educational platforms."

Ryan's personal story is of particular interest for the contest. After years of struggling with weight management, he sought to re-invent his eating habits and career, as well as his ailing health.

Ryan described his situation prior to making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle on his bio at, "I was at my physical and mental worst. At age 24, I was 5'7" and weighed 235 pounds. My doctor wanted to prescribe anti-depressants, blood pressure & cholesterol medications. This was compounded with the fact I was deemed a pre-Type 2 diabetic, had asthma and smoked cigarettes. Something had to change!"

After graduating from culinary school, and apprenticing at several restaurants in France, Ryan gained a new understanding of natural, regional ingredients. He incorporated his new knowledge into his work and began the process of achieving a "healthful state."

Ryan and his competitors will begin appearing weekly on 'The Chew' beginning January 15. The grand prize will be awarded on February 19. 'The Chew' airs weekdays at noon CT on ABC.

See a Vimeo documentary about Ryan below.