Creating new recipes, like creating new works of art, is one of my passions in life. For the past twelve plus years, I’ve been a self-taught cook out of the necessity to feed myself allergy-free foods. This blossomed into a career I never imagined when I began cooking for people with special diets at a healing and spiritual retreat in Warfordsburg, PA about 3 years ago.
From there, people requested my food so much that I began my own personal chef business in 2006. Even though not all of my clients have allergy restrictions, I usually prepare foods free of dairy and gluten anyway. The great news is my clients don’t notice; they love the food and they love how the food makes their bodies feel.
Why can I help you? Simply because I have been there myself. Growing up with skin and digestive problems, hay fever and depression, I accepted them as a fact of life until they peaked towards the end of high school. At this point, my journey to find a diet that supported my body began. However, it took many more years and several different diets to fully embrace a way of eating that supported my body, mind and heart.
Why I do it is simple. I love to cook and I know how hard it is to commit to an allergy-free diet. I love to create new dishes and when I am missing an ingredient, it’s like a new challenge to figure out what to replace it with. Being an artist in the kitchen on a day-to-day basis and using wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs as beautiful “paints” to prepare food continually inspires me.
Oh, and by the way, I have beautiful baby boy named Elijah who will be one year old in December 2008. He helps me with all the cooking at home and loves to unload the dishwasher (clean or dirty.) He is also one of the inspirations for the menu planner because he was a colicky baby until I stopped eating dairy and soy products.