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Welcome to The Chef Salad

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I’m Steve, a longtime chef and culinary instructor who’s decided to step away from the professional kitchen so that I can help you eat better, cook with confidence and take charge of your health and wellness. I know you can do this, because I did it, and continue to do so.

I was a chef, I worked long hours, I burned the candle at both ends, I ate to indulge. Coffee, french fries, and bacon weren’t just something I ate—they were a state of mind.

Then I had a kind of epiphany, brought on by a diagnosis ABD (another birthday). My family has a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, and hypertension; I didn’t want to join that club. Overnight I cut out all animal products and processed foods from my diet. Kind of went cold turkey (pun intended). I started to workout, learning that I felt so much better when I made fitness—whether it’s running, swimming, yoga, or just a good walk—a priority.

Now I’m sharing what I’ve learned through my culinary classes. I work with individuals and groups to create smart-eating strategies; and I create meal plans and recipes for health and wellness programs.

And of course I blog about salad. Why salad, you may ask? For me, when I want to reset my good-eating, healthy living intentions, I think salad—a big old bowl of flavor, color and texture that tastes as good as it makes me feel. Salad is an easy way to think about eating unprocessed foods with minimal prep and time involved, while taking advantage of what’s in season. It’s my go to dish, and it’s always on the menu.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions you can contact me anytime.

“It seems more common than not that there is a disconnect between the information the medical profession provides, and the realities of shopping, preparing, cooking, and actually enjoying a meal based on a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. I will show others how to bridge that gap."