Passion for Delicious, Nutritional Healing
ServeSafe Manager Level
Chef Paige had an early passion for cooking from the age of 4, when she elected to spend hours watching Food Network over Saturday morning cartoons. It wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, however, that food and nutrition took on a new meaning. In the years spent as her mother’s caregiver, Paige found a new passion in life; using food to help heal the body of disease. Using her culinary and creative skills, Paige learned to cook comfort foods for specialized diets (if her mom craved it, Paige would find a way to deliver!). As her mom started to get better, Paige also noticed a change in herself. Having fought obesity for most of her adult life, Paige shed nearly 90lbs. Going through this journey with her mother has instilled in Paige a firm belief that, given proper nutrition, the body has been given all of the tools necessary to heal itself. As Anne Wigmore put it, “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." It is Paige’s goal and passion to use her knowledge and culinary skills to help you figure out what properly nourishing the body looks like for you and your family, without sacrificing your favorite foods!
What made you want to become a chef?
I realized I have a gift that I can give others. My passion for healing with nutrition and my love of the creativity behind making meals that are healthy AND tasty drove me to start cooking. I want to teach people that they don’t have to lose out on the joy of eating just because they eat healthy. You CAN have your cake, and eat it to.
What is your signature dish?
I love cooking Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes. Some other favorites among my clients are my gluten free lasagna, my grain free enchilada casserole or my guilt free jambalaya!
What are the five ingredients you can’t live without?
Garlic, onion, some type of acid (like lemon or vinegar), avocado oil, organic tamari (gluten free soy sauce).
What do you love about cooking?
I love the challenge of finding a recipe that is otherwise unhealthy, and changing it to make it something that is actually beneficial to your health! You can really figure out a way to make ANYTHING healthy, if you know the ingredients well enough.
When you’re creating a new recipe, what influences and inspires you?
Nourishing and healing foods are an inspiration to me, because I have seen first hand just HOW IMPORTANT a role food can play in our livelihood.
What advice would you give a new cook?
Watch cooking shows, youtube videos, cook with friends who cook well, practice on yourself and your family…and spend a lot of time in the grocery store. Learn the products and the companies that you can trust. Learn about the foods you should be including and avoiding in people’s food, don’t just throw stuff in because a recipe calls for it. Each ingredient should have a purpose. Research. Know about food…not just about what flavor it adds to a dish, but about what NUTRITIOUS VALUE it brings to a dish.
What are you doing when your not cooking?
I take circuit training classes to keep in shape. I watch Netflix and like to read crime/thriller novels. Hanging with friends… pretty simple. Most of the time though, I’m cooking!
What are your guilty pleasures?
POPCORN!! And coffee. Two things I will never give up!!
A few of my favorite creations include:
"Paige is wonderful! What a pro! From planning to organizing to full use of ingredients to clean up. So impressed with Paige! We love all of her food and her talent. We can’t wait until she comes again next Friday." - Jan