What is a Natural Chef
The Natural Chef is aware of what Hippocrates said in 460BC: ‘Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food’. Junk Food does damage health whereas good food, correctly prepared according to the constitution of a person, promotes health. A Natural Chef has always in mind:
- The Nutritional value of fresh whole/organic food, minimally processed and procured in season
- That no single dietary regime is appropriate for everyone
- Individualised food can enhance health
What does a Natural Chef do?
A Natural Chef will create and prepare delicious gourmet meals that focus on nutritional value. Whole, organic, fresh, and minimally-processed foods are procured in season. As no single dietary regime is appropriate for everyone, a Natural Chef will use food that is individualised to enhance health and wellbeing to that specific person’s needs.
The focus is on the therapeutic value of food, using a ‘food is medicine’ approach to cooking.
How do Natural Chefs work?
Natural Chefs can be hired for personalised meal planning, one-off events and for various catering services. Depending on specific needs, natural chefs will usually work either for commercial companies and restaurants or on a 1:1 basis.
Qualifications required to be a Natural Chef
To become a competent Natural Chef you will need to be educated to Diploma level. The ANP currently supports members who have done extensive training with CNM.
Natural Chef Professional Development
In order to maintain professional status, level of competence and code of conduct as a Natural Chef, membership associations such as ANP will require a minimum amount of further training and continued professional development (CPD).
A good Natural Chef association, such as ANP, will provide ongoing training and other activities aimed at supporting their members stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of Natural Chef training.
What can a Natural Chef help with?
Common therapeutic conditions that Natural Chefs are consulted for include;
- Hormone balance
- Weight loss/gain
- Blood sugar management
- Food intolerances
How can I find a Natural Chef in my area?
Professional, qualified Natural Chefs can be found via the ANP Practitioner Directory.