Get the inside scoop on one of our new California chefs!
How did you end up being a personal chef?
Though I enjoyed most of my restaurant years, I knew something else was out there for me. I sought adventure and experience, I knew I could find that with food. I spent years traveling the country and world learning about ingredients in the most personal and intimate ways.
Working with clients one -on-one gives me the flexibility and freedom to live and create, it works best for me and my culinary path.
What inspired you to get into the health and wellness cooking?
In 2014 a close friend was diagnosed with liver disease. Looking down a path of medications he looked for another way. Research brought him to food, as his only chef friend, he approached me about meal planning and prep. In three months, we were successful in reversing the disease and getting his liver to recover. It was all the proof I needed to adjust the way I ate and the way I saw food.
What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
The ability to tell a store through food. Like a suspenseful movie, a meal can captivate an audience. I enjoy being able to entertain and share my stories through food and drink.
What types of clients/diets do you cook for?
I pride myself on being able to adapt to the needs of my clients. Each client is different, therefore the approach in meal plans should be as unique as the person. I revel in the challenges and the lessons.
How do you personally eat?
I am a simple man who once fueled his body with unicorn tears, those now are hard to come by. My focus now is on simple, fresh foods. I want to know where my food comes from, most of my personal shopping is done at the farmer's markets. Knowing the farmers and learning about their craft gives me inspiration in my daily cooking and grows my respect for food, greater. I love food and marvel in its abilities, nothing is wrong with indulging responsibly either.
What tips/advice would you give to someone trying to achieve optimal health?
Find what works for you and stay consistent. We try to follow diets and meal plans from magazines or blogs, though they can be helpful, remembering you are an individual and everything about you is unique will give you the tools needed to succeed in your health plans. Move around, keep your body and mind moving. Be active and open to learning.
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