CHEF AND CULINARY EXPERT, My desire is to SHOW YOU
the power of good, pleasurable, nutritious food.

I’m Laurel HERMAN, and I’m a rebel spiriT.

Always have been.

After decades in the food business, I came to realize that my gift was in being able to think outside the box.
Going off road was what my clients and students loved the most.
“Who wants to go off road?“ Everyone’s hands go up.

recipes are just guidelines, 

Expressing yourself as you, is freedom.

I’ve always said...

THE MAIN INGREDIENT IS YOU.

No matter where life took me, I always found myself back in the kitchen.

Learning, observing, cooking, creating, and laughing.

It's always been more than food.

It's cultural, spiritual.

It permeates every part of our lives, bringing people and ideas together.

It’s medicine, nourishment on so many levels.

The most important meal you will ever make is the one you're making

NOW.

Be present to yourself.

THIS MOMENT IS YOURS.

Sous-Chef

With kind permission from poet Ellen Bass.
I like cutting the cucumber, the knife slicing the darkness
into almost-transparent moons, each
with its own thin rim of night. I like smashing
the garlic with the flat of steel
and peeling the sticky, papery skin from the clove.
Tell me what to do. I’m free of will.
I carve the lamb into one-inch cubes.
I don’t use a ruler, but I’d be happy to.
Give me a tomato bright as a parrot.
Give me peaches like burning clouds.
I’ll pare those globes until dawn. The syrup
will linger on my fingers like your scent.
Let me escape my own insistence.
I am the bee feeding the queen.
Show me how you want
the tart glazed. I still have opinions,
but I don’t believe in them.
Let me fillet the supple bones from the fish.
Let me pit the cherries. Husk the corn.
You say how much cinnamon
to spice the stew. I’ve made bad decisions,
so I’m grateful for this yoke
lowered onto my shoulders, potatoes
mounded before me.
With all that’s destroyed, look
how the world still yields a golden pear.
Freckled and floral, a shimmering marvel.
It rests in my palm so heavily, perfectly.
Somewhere there is hunger. Somewhere, fear.
But here the chopping block is solid. My blade sharp.

My background

The KitChen

I started out over 40 years ago in Hell’s kitchen in NYC, the only woman in a brigade of 30 men, not knowing how to hold a knife, yet in charge of a pantry that served 600 for lunch on a busy theater matinee day.

They were my first teachers and I developed a healthy respect for my craft. Later on I would receive the formal training that gave me the foundation for everything that came after.

I watched in awe as the chefs moved about in the commercial kitchen. It is what I call: sacred dancing in the kitchen"

It has rhythm and energy. I thought, how wonderful it would be to teach people to harness this energy for themselves.

LET FOOD BE THY MEDiCINE

Allergies, health concerns. autoimmune disease ,.. Many discoveries bring us to reconsider our diet. 

My own diagnosis inspired me to test and create favorite recipes using simple substitutions that don't compromise taste and inspire confidence so my clients can take ownership in their own healing journey.

THE Power of the table

People have gathered for eons around the table. Sharing a meal, breaking bread together... This is how we mark important events in our personal life, in our business. 

I love these moments of union, joy or celebration. I catered many events, organised workshops and loved them all.

THE SPIRIT OF FOOD AND HUMAN CONNECtion

I had a hunger for the deep connection of food and the human spirit and how our ancestral roots defined our love of food.

Emotions, culture, family gifts... Food is the great transmitter. Through storytelling, music, and cooking together we are able to recreate these memories. 

I often ask my clients "tell me about the food you ate growing up and who nourished you?"  And if their food story is an unhappy one, we can create a new story.

IT's MORE THAN JUST FOOD

A strong desire to help you enjoy food and its benefits, an ever-growing love for produce, and sharing my love of wholesome recipes bring me to this day where I can offer my full presence and guidance.

A LIFE of experience available to help you create more...

COMMUNITY

A meal is more than the plates on a table

BUSINESS

Finger-licking menus & dishes to create fans

HEALTH

Trust a master of substitution to help you navigate your new diet easily

AND MORE

let's chat if you have something else in mind...
What will we create together?
Joy in your community, more profit in your food business, or a stronger health?
LEARN MORE

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO sHARE MY LOVE OF FOOD 
OR NEED GUIDANCE IN THE KITCHEN?

I offer gift certificates for my Culinary medicine consultation, Shopping guidance and Pantry clean out.  
LET'S TALK

SMALL SIPS

Follow my small sips of insights and thoughts over on Anchor, recorded as and when inspiration strikes.
Wish to offer me a chai?Wish to offer me a chai?
Copyright @ Laurel Herman

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I stand in solidarity in the fight against racism, 
and the historic oppression of the Black Community. 

I pledge through active open communication, 
and inclusivity in my business and personal life.
Laurel Herman,

Chef & CULINARY EXPERT

It's more than food. Culinary experience | Food substitution guidance | Culinary medicine
Copyright Laurel Herman aka the blissed out chef
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