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David Rushing, the executive chef of Washington University in St. Louis’s DUC, can’t throw his weight around in the kitchen anymore. No, he hasn’t been demoted — he’s just half the man he used to be, after participating in ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss.

In the early fall, grapes are a perfect seasonal pairing to a subtly spicy and delicious curried chicken salad with an almond crunch. Apples or pears can be substituted for grapes, depending on geographic location and season. Serves 4.