Through the course of reading this blog, you will probably learn more about me than you ever cared to learn, since I am the voice you will hear. Keeping that in mind, let’s just hit a few of the highlights. I’m the proud wife of John Chester and the mother of a little black doggie named Todd. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Atlanta and currently residing in Moorpark, CA, where I am managing 130-acre avocado, lemon and livestock operation with my husband, I have spent the last few years devoted to a nutrient-dense, Traditional Foods diet because it is the only diet that I have found that truly works to rebuild the body. After years as an unhealthy vegetarian, abusing soy and carbs, I’ve had a bit of crawling back to do, and I am proud to say that I feel better now in my early 30’s than I did in my early 20’s.
I believe that I am a teacher at heart; daughter of two former high school teachers, I think it is in my blood. Walking away from a day of helping someone step into the somewhat foreign concepts of Traditional Foods leaves me feeling fulfilled and encouraged. While finishing my studies at The Natural Gourmet Institute of Health & Culinary Arts in NYC, a teacher mentioned that she thought I’d make a great teacher one day, and the smile that spread across my face could be felt from the inside out.
Soon after culinary school, my husband and I moved to the Los Angeles area, and I began to build my private cheffing business. I’ve been blessed to work for some pretty interesting people, because frankly those are the folks that need private chefs out here! My clients have pushed me to become a better cook and a more flexible person, for that I’m grateful.
A few years back, I approached my mom with the hair-brained idea that we should write a cookbook together. Even more unbelievable, she agreed, and we set out on the journey that became The Traditional Foods Cookbook, which we hope to release in January 2012. A few additional professional highlights were getting to speak to the Harvard Business School’s Wellness Club on how to Unleash the Healing Power of Food and contributing to the AllergyKids website, wonderful brainchild of The Unhealthy Truth author Robyn O’Brien.
Well, enough for now. More importantly, I truly look forward to further sharing with you in the years to come, as we continue to explore the stunning world of Traditional Foods, together.