As a Chef, cooking healthy food and being healthy is a top priority for me. In general, I always strive to cook healthy yet satisfying food for my clients, unless they have requested otherwise or are hosting an event. In keeping up with being healthy, both mentally and physically, kayaking is a sport that I have found to be able to do so. Kayaking and gliding along the water helps me keep a clear mindset. I’ve also outfitted my kayaks to be able to fish off of them. With a clear healthy mind, I can be more effective and creative as a Chef. As a Personal Chef it’s important to my clients that I am always on top of my game. They have specific diet and culinary needs that I need to focus on, along with health focused menu planning.
The pontoon bottom angler kayak is my kayak of choice. It is a flat ridged bottom kayak. The well balanced, comfortable nature of the kayak lends itself to be a great choice for a workout as well as stability for fishing. The touring angler kayak is great for speed. With its wedged bottom it is less balanced however it is designed more for speed and a great workout as well. My family and I own both types of kayaks that we use regularly.
I’ve found several fresh water and salt water areas in Southern California to take the kayaks out to work out and fish. My favorite fresh water locations are Lake Mission Viejo, Lake Prado, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. All are smooth relaxing locations to go out kayaking and cast a line in the water. They are also great for a few miles of a body workout for both upper body and core. My favorite salt water locations are Mission Bay, Dana Point Harbor, Newport Back Bay, and Long Beach Channels. These locations are best for a great workout. You can get a great upper body workout from your arms to your core. There is a constant challenge from boat wakes, to the wind, and current of the tide. These are certainly high traffic type environments that lend itself to a great workout and I highly suggest this type of environment for the really active thrill seeker.