Young and Hungry

Chef Cathal Armstrong Can Kick Your Ass

Chef and restaurateur Cathal Armstrong may not have won at this year's James Beard or RAMMY awards, but he's going for another type of gold—in taekwondo.

Armstrong, who is a blue betl, and his family flew into Dallas yesterday to compete in the weeklong USA Taekwondo National Championships. He started the sport more than a year ago to lose weight. Now, Armstrong typically trains six days a week, and sometimes twice a day. He does all this on top of running six eating and drinking establishments: Restaurant Eve, The Majestic, Virtue Feed & Grain, PX, Society Fair, and Eamonn's.

Armstrong is now the same weight he was when he graduated high school. The 42-year-old is also undefeated. He won gold at a nationals-qualifying competition in February and placed first at the George Mason President's Cup and the Virginia Governor's Cup taekwondo tournaments this spring.

Armstrong's 10-year-old son Eamonn and 13-year-old daughter Eve—the namesakes for his restaurants—will also compete at nationals. Eamonn is a black belt, and Eve is a red belt—just above their dad.

"We're all very competitive people," Armstrong says. "I'm going out to win."

Check out Armstrong's training in action:

Photo courtesy Cathal Armstrong

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