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Delicious guilt free foods.

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My career as a Personal Chef started with my cooking for advertising executives and movie stars. After graduating with distinction from the Shaw Academy in Nutrition I became the Nutritional Advisor and Chef at a detox center for clients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders.

I was struck by the lack of knowledge of basic information regarding how the body functions, the connection between cravings and nutritional deficiencies, why we sleep, and how to know what nutrients the body needs to accomplish the energy needed for life style.

My specialty is teaching beginners, good cooks, intermediate and Professional Cooks shortcuts to get gourmet and truly delicious healthy food on the table fast, and around food restrictions easily.

The recipes I have developed allow one to eat right and think bright; to maintain or develop good health through delicious real food; and to finish a meal or snack feeling full and satisfied. Gain the benefits of maximum flavor and vitality from the food you eat without consuming empty calories, every morsel in the recipes that I have developed benefits the body. 

Learn to make comfort food that no one will believe is really healthy and guilt free (which has a benefit of it's own. Home-Made is much better than restaurant food if you know what you're doing. Learn to prepare, organized and shop for maximum flavor from unprocessed foods and how to use short cuts that make a guilt-free diet easy.  Easily cook free from food allergies, gluten, dairy, processed sugar or added salt (as needed).

Nutritional Advisor and Organic Personal Chef Service includes: in-person in Los Angeles or on-line Dietary Consulting, Demonstration or Hands-On Cooking Workshops; Private or Group Cooking Lessons; Guests Cooking Dinner Party and Team Building Cooking Classes.

Learn to cook by using your instincts to develop meals that are balanced to enhance flavors and satisfy nutritional needs. Learn about food in a fun environment while you use short cuts that will change the way you cook forever.

Children's food made in art plates of balanced meals, learn with them or for them. Family and age appropriate meal preparation around fussy eaters and food sensitivity a specialty.

My personal chef clients include actor Bradley Cooper and Fortune 500 Company Ad Executives. My students include teens and little kids, men and women who have never cooked before or who are professionals.

An Interview with Elaine b Good - Chef Lane

How does your work stand out?

I teach instinctual cooking, how to use your senses: sight, touch, smell, sound and taste. These skills are used to tie ingredients to techniques and put a balanced menu together. It's the way I learned 'Farm to Table' from my Italian mother and Grandmothers and that's the way I teach everyone, including kids as young as 2. It's fun, it's tactile and it's the best way to build cooking skills and confidence.

I'm a home cook that became professional. Cooking schools teach for a food assembly line. Professional chefs aren't creative, they're cost effective, they work off the same menu for years. That is a very far cry from the way I teach practical techniques to create delicious seasonal meals that are made just the way you like them.

I can teach you how to organize your kitchen to make meal execution extremely efficient and save you time and money. I can teach you out of a food rut.  If you have a dietary restriction that you have to cook around, I'm the positive support and information and experience that you need.

What do you love most about your job?

I love teaching people the joy of cooking food that feeds the body maximum energy in the most delicious way, there is no higher creative expression of self-love. This builds self-confidence and a positive mind-set in a life altering way, and you feel positively different about yourself when you cook a healthy meal, it's a microcosm of life: you start with nothing, you take inventory of what you have, you find what you need to enrich the experience, you utilize all of your senses to execute a meal with the danger of the understanding that you're working with knives and fire, you present a feast that will satisfy your company and yourself, you clean up...beautiful. Eating great food is one of the most joyfully opportunities in life, everyone should know how to please themselves this way.

What are the questions that you are most asked about your work and what is your answer?

It is always my gluten, dairy and sugar free food that brings the client into the kitchen holding their plate and pointing to these allergy friendly dishes, followed by the question: 'What is in THIS one?'  'How did you make this?'

I always ask the inquiring client if they'd be surprised to know that that particular dish is extreme healthy food: without gluten, dairy, sugar or salt, then comes the "What is gluten and why do we need to be free?" That answer is right here on my website.

I build my good2eat4U website to house the recipes that I developed (it started taking too long to email everyone there recipe requests) and to take the mystery out of cooking with real authentic ingredients.

If you were a customer what do you wish you knew about the job? Any inside tips?

I have so many Chef Tips (I've been cooking for 50 years) that I pepper them throughout my workshops and dinner parties, everything from: how to measure ingredients in your hands to how to spot GMO altered foods.

Do you have a favorite story from work?

When I started cooking for Bradley Cooper his assistant kept calling because Bradley was sure that I had sent the wrong menu,  that he has received food that was off his diet. I had to assure him that the meal was indeed gluten-dairy-sugar free. They called back an hour later, word from the set: "Bradley told me to tell you that was the best blah-blah (Eggplant Parmesan, Lasagna, Fried Fish, Pie, etc.)  he has ever eaten in his life."

What do you wish people knew about your profession?

People can be impressed with quick cutting skills which are learned standing at a cutting board as a sous chef, cutting carrots or onions for years. Those types of cutting skills are not an indication of a great cook. Restaurant Chefs have a huge staff of workers and dishwashers behind them, their work is based on profit and a menu that is stagnant on dinners that fill up on cheap bread, fried food and sauces. 

TV Chefs toss items into a dish that always comes out perfect-I especially love competition shows where no one at home can taste or smell the food, I've seen things that I KNOW taste bad win. These shows also have a huge support team prepping for them. These shows teach what I consider to be everything that is wrong with the modern diet, they have 'stars' that are personalities that have made a career out of fat, salt and sugar addictions. I focus on healthy food takes planning and knowledge to create a balanced meal.

The home cook is looking for nutritional fulfillment that will be well received from a range of ages and taste preferences, family members and friends that will be very willing to express critique or refuse to eat. Two completely different worlds, I'm in both and have the most respect for the successful home cook that is supporting a healthy family.

What advice do you give someone that wants to hire someone like you?

Look for someone with knowledge and experience that matches your dietary preference and needs; someone who is dependable and has great taste, along with a casual and fun personality.

How did you decide to get into your line of work?

Born allergic to dairy, love food and love to cook but I had to develop my Italian family recipes around the dairy! I became Macrobiotic, and became a great Japanese Vegan cook and pulled me away from my families basic ingredients. Diagnosed hypoglycemic, I gave up sugar and worked in low glycemic natural sweeteners to my American foods and balancing proteins with carbohydrates as a Vegan. Became gluten intolerant looked to cultures that weren't dependent on wheat or dairy: worked out Moroccan, Thai, Vietnamese to add to the Mediterranean classics.

A friend suggested I consult a local market research facility when the clients complainted about food delivery,  I was a foodie living in the neighborhood. On day three, after developing organic fruit and crudite plates, a client asked me to make a meal because she just 'couldn't read another Chinese take-out menu'. That one meal became a week of 3 meals a day and a Private Chef position for the Fortune 500 Companies that came to conduct focus groups. I1 years later, I am still called in to cook there.

Tell us about something you did on your job that you’re most proud of:

Taught a child with autism how to cook for himself.

Describe your most recent project:

I've just become an invited instructor, teaching live stream on-line from my kitchen to students. And I've been recruited/tested and tasted approved for CozyMeals Chef conducting cooking parties. Oh and I cooked on a yacht this summer.

If you have a complicated pricing system give us the details of how you charge:

My service includes food costs, shopping, delivery and equipment set up and cleaning.

Step one is an interview following a questionnaire to determine your personal workshop coarse. Time constrains (shopping as well as cooking) and personal food preference, are taken into consideration for meal plans.

How to balance daily nutritional requirements and calories is also involved in the hours it takes for me to balance organic seasonal ingredients with the participants.

What should buyers consider before they hire you?                    

How expensive eating out every meal is, including tax and tips. How much food waste are they throwing out. If they've ignored a food sensitivity because they thought it was inconvenient to change their eating habits, why is their health taking a back seat to 'convenience'?

How they associate their health with their responsibility for the food that supplies their energy.

Write your own question and answer it:

Why should I cook my own food?

How much you love yourself is reflected in how you care for your body. If you're depending on restaurant food for good health you are sadly misguided.

How experienced am I in home cooking?

Home Cooked Food is fresh food that fulfills the demand of offering nutritional consumption of delicious food that is enjoyable to eat and will take care of your body and brain's demands.

Unlike restaurant food and chefs where all the focus is on speed, large volume and profit, my career started at age 4 making pasta and desserts next to my grandmother and moved into my taking over the family meals for 5 kids and gourmet adults at age 14 at my request (partially to get away from the dairy that my mother just couldn't cook around).

I have worked in professional kitchens in country clubs and for celebrity events, where frozen and packaged foods are the norm and piece meal is the law. This has absolutely nothing to do with home cooking.

What is your greatest strength?

Inspiration, good taste and a sharp sense of knives (and humor).

What are you currently working on improving?

I am constantly developing new recipes for my website and cookbooks.

Describe 5 recent jobs you’ve just completed.

1. A first anniversary dinner party for a couple began with them learning to cook a Moroccan Feast, dinner was timed around a sun set, champagne cocktail with a nibble. Her family is in the date business so dates were included in each coarse (not a dating service, the date business-I am in Southern California, BTW if you have never had fresh dates (not dried) you are missing an amazing culinary experience).

2. I developed healthy and portable snacks for a personal trainer.

3. A mother and daughter addressed their eating styles while learning to make meals together and yet on separate diet choices, with leftovers that become entirely new meals.

4. Mother and daughter with issues that some would describe as an eating disorder, separated their eating styles and got things in order.

5. Crohn's Disease patient couldn't stand up without support when we started, in 30 days her coloring and strength improved dramatically following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, in 6 weeks she carried my cases and equipment into her class for me!

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