Healthy Cooking Live – Cooking Demos

As promised Healthy Cooking Live has come to Hometown Café! There are just 40 seats available at each event. Places are assigned on a first come first serve basis so sign up now!

In 2003, I thought I was a culinary bad-ass and after more than 25 years of experience in high-end international resorts I may have even earned that title, but when I approached having to cook without extra salt, fat, sugar, meat and dairy I faced the hardest professional challenge of my life! I discovered that I really didn’t know half of what I thought I did.

You see, it’s easy to make food taste great when you use salt, fat and sugar. But try cooking without those culinary crutches and it’s another ball game entirely; now you have to really cook! I had to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch learning to cook all over again without the culinary crutches of salt, fat and sugar.

What I’ve learned on my personal lifestyle modification journey in my own kitchen is what I’ve incorporated into the Healthy Cooking Live events that I am bringing to Hometown Café. This is the stuff that helped me lose 80 pounds and regain my health!

One of the very first things I discovered on my lifestyle modification journey is that you simply can’t cook every day. It won’t work. Not even for a professional chef like me! You need to get 75% of the heavy lifting out of the way in one day and reheat for the rest of the week. That’s what I show you how to do at a Healthy Cooking Live event. That one week’s worth of cooking takes me about three hours, that’s why the demonstrations are three hours long.

I show you how to make a variation of rice and beans, a composite vegetable dish or two, a salad or two and a soup or two as well as a breakfast cereal, either whole berry oatmeal or quinoa porridge. That’s enough food to get you through the week. You’ll get to watch as I cook, follow along on a recipe and stop me to ask questions. At the end of the event, we’ll all get to dine on what I made.

The third Healthy Cooking Live demonstration on Jan. 13 is called “Transition Foods” and features some recipes that will help you transition from the SAD diet (standard American diet) to a much healthier plant-based whole-foods diet.

Besides the recipes and cooking, we’ll also discuss…

  • Lessons from my personal lifestyle modification journey
  • Kitchen logistics and safe practices
  • Tactics to get “umami” back into a plant-based diet
  • The general principles of health
  • Why limiting salt, fat, and sugar is so crazy hard