Culinary healing is a philosophy that marries delicious cuisine with healthy eating. No longer will you have to sacrifice taste to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With us, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. All of our services are completely personalized to your needs. We offer personal chef services, classes, menu planning and detox/cleanse programs. We take into consideration dietary restrictions including gluten free, soy free, nut free, vegan, dairy free, low fat and low carbohydrate. We specialize in vegetarian, vegan and live foods, but many of our services are designed to work with meat eaters and people interested in transitioning to a different diet.
While some of our services are limited to the NY metro area and RTP area of NC, we offer many services that are available online to anyone on earth.
Culinary healing is all about creating well balanced, healthy, delicious meals to support health and vitality!
Meet Chef LaMana
OK, so you want to know about me... Well, I remember back in the day, my uncle Rico used to make the best fried bologna sandwiches known to man. You know, the kind of bologna that had the red strip around it. He would fry it up in the pan to the point that it bubbled up in the middle, and he had to cut it with a knife.... Put that on white bread with mustard and I was in heaven!!! Is anybody with me! Hehehe... those were the days. I think back now and I have to ask... what the hell is bologna anyway?!?! I tell this story just to let you know where I come from. I grew up in the south, Durham, NC... where food was food, there was no separation of healthy food and unhealthy food, good and bad. If you could eat it and it stopped you from being hungry, it was all good. On any given day we had up to 15 people in our house to feed, and money was not abundant, so off to the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store (I am not making this name up) we went to get food to feed the family. I don't have to tell you what types of foods we ended up with. But not to worry, my grandma would "put her foot" in what ever came through the door, and each meal was prepared with love and tasted delicious!! Pig feet, pork chops, fried chicken, white rice, liver and onions, chitterlings w/ hot sauce, fried fish on fridays! Boy were we happy. Little did we know, we were setting our bodies up to fail us. How could we know? No one ever told my grandma that pork was bad, and fried foods would eventually kill us.
Fast forward many years later... I met my husband in 2001. He was raised Muslim, so he did not eat pork. One day while we were dating, he sat down and explained the deal about pork... that it was a combination of a cat, rat and pig (or something like that), and that eating it caused trichinosis, which are worms that invade our systems and cause all kinds of disease. I thought "how could anything that could make bacon be bad?", and "if that was true, why would they sell pork to us?", but anyway, I listened and I never ate pork again. That was the beginning of my food consciousness. A couple of years later, we went through a Sacred Woman and Sacred King Man initiation where we were required to become vegan for 12 weeks. During that time, I learned a tremendous amount about foods and it's effects on my body and I started looking at the world through very different eyes. I had gained a profound clarity about life and food's role in it.
As I looked around, I noticed how many of the people in my cipher were sick, lost and stuck... and they didn't even know it. How could this be? They made no connection between the foods that they ate and the dis-ease that they harbored. They had been deceived about their food and sickness in a massive and scandalous way! Seeing this, I became passionate about showing people the truth about foods, and letting them know that we have choices, and we have to take control of our own health and wellness. We have become dependent on grocery stores which sell us foods which are unfit for human consumption, doctors who are more motivated by profit than cures, and medicines which work against our body's ability to heal itself. We must inform ourselves and make better decisions about our health not only for us, but to heal the generations that come after us and those that came before us. To me, this is not only about living a healthier life, it's about getting that clarity to understand what our life's purpose is and experiencing our strong and divine connection with the Creator.
Well... this is my journey, join me if you can...
Education and training
The New School, New York, NY
Professional-Level Certificate - Personal Chef Master Class, July 2007
The New School, New York, NY
Professional-Level Certificate - Professional Catering Master Class, April 2007
Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, New York, NY
619 hour Professional Chefs Training Program, September 2006
Tree of Life College of Living Arts, Patagonia, AZ
Live Food Apprenticeship Program, April 2006
North Carolina A&T State University
MS, Industrial Engineering, 1997
North Carolina Central University
BA Psychology, December 1995
Personal chef and consultant
Catering Chef, New York , NY
Inn at 2920
Innkeeper, Baltimore, MD
The Yabba Pot
Prep cook, Baltimore, MD
Line cook, Clarksville, MD
Intern, San Francisco , CA
Intern, New York , NY