Ask Stacy – Update on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant

DEAR STACY: Would love to know what happened to that very nice, very rotund contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen” who had to quit the show because he had a heart problem. How about an update? – Kim B., Detroit, MI
DEAR KIM: You’re talking about Robert Hesse, who was diagnosed with pericarditis – fluid in the lining of the heart — after his departure from the culinary competition show. He’s reportedly lost 50 lbs. working out with a trainer, is preparing to have gastric bypass surgery, and said recently that he still can’t resist an occasional Twinkie, but is trying to do better.