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Joe Bastianich knows the high life well. The Masterchef judge — who, along with a slate of partners that includes mom Lidia Bastianich and chef Mario Batali, owns 22 restaurants (New York’s Del Posto and L.A.’s Osteria Mozza among them) — lived it, dug it and gained weight because of it. Then he hit the pavement in an attempt to shed 50 extra pounds. That led to marathon running. Which brings us to this month, when Bastianich will compete in the godfather of endurance events, the Ford ?Ironman World Championship? in Kona, Hawaii. We had to ask him a few questions about that.

Are fine wine and ridiculous training mutually exclusive?
No! Everything in moderation. I limit alcohol during training, but a little vino now and then is necessary to maintain one’s sanity.

How do you train/prepare for an event like this?
I’ve been working with a great trainer from the Carmichael group to help identify weaknesses and increase my overall stamina and strength. Since taking up running five years ago, I’ve had no trouble disciplining myself to work out. I love it. But to be physically ready for a challenge such as this, you definitely have to raise the bar.

People go crazy dealing with a third of what you handle every day. Any advice?
Be organized and efficient. And taking a little time out to recharge and relax can go a long way.

You’ll be in Hawaii; do you have any restaurants there?
No restaurants in Hawaii, but I’m excited to see what the island has to offer, cuisinewise.