Through cooking instruction, chef services, recipe development and meal planning, I support individuals with all food preferences in reaching their cooking and dietary goals. Amidst the conflicting definitions of what constitutes a nutritious diet, I stay out of the food fight, emphasize seasonal whole foods, and demonstrate that you don't have to sacrifice flavor or fun for good health. I combine my culinary training, experience and background in social work to develop just the right culinary engagement for my clients. I bridge the gap between the health care provider and the healthful plate, translating the nutritional counseling my clients receive into tasty tangible results.
As a faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at the National University of Natural Medicine, I develop and teach culinary classes to future nutritionists and naturopathic physicians. Additionally, I am barre3's Culinary Wellness Expert.
At the age of 21, I sliced, diced, whisked and juiced my way around the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, learning how diet can promote health and prevent disease. From a holistic healthcare center in Bristol, England, to an ashram in Trivandrum, India, to a raw foods retreat in Lagos, Portugal, I discovered I was most myself when I donned an apron and made my way to the heartbeat of the establishment - the kitchen. It was there that I found kinship through preparing and sharing beautiful fresh food.
Since then, I graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts, assisted chef/author Didi Emmons’ with her cookbook Entertaining for a Veggie Planet, earned my chops at the James Beard House, taught farm-to-table cooking classes, kitchen hopped again in Italy, Greece and France, cooked in restaurants, received a master's degree in social work and became enchanted with cooking unexpectedly divine fare outdoors on rock climbing trips. Twice I attended Eat Retreat, an invite-only workshop dedicated to good food and innovative thinking for leaders in the food community, and I participated in Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Health Immersion, where I studied food addiction and the Nutritarian lifestyle. As healthy cooking coach at Whole Foods Market, I taught customers and co-workers how to cook from scratch and earned my nickname “Lentil Lauren.” I continue to teach cooking to private clients and graduate students at the National University of Natural Medicine, and I am a 2017 Artist in Residence at Caldera.