Meet Chef Joni — a Cooking Instructor & Caterer
Meet Chef Joni, a Cooking Instructor & Caterer
and Teaching Journey
As a cooking instructor and caterer, I'm committed to support you and build your confidence in the kitchen.
Cooking instructor and caterer:
I offer my skills as a cooking instructor and caterer to help people who want to cook good food at home. With this in mind, I share my skills through my cookbook, blog posts, newsletters, social media and cooking videos.
My culinary journey begins:
In 1988, I finally put attention to nutrition and exercise. My goal was to improve my physical health, which was sorely neglected throughout my childhood. In the 90s, cooking for my family --four kids and a husband-- was a major focus. Another key point in my career was cooking for 40 people once a week for just over a year at a spiritual center. Along the way, I realized that cooking for yourself and others is a creative and healing experience.
My formal cooking education:
In 2005, I found the esteemed Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. As can be seen in the certifications above, I completed the Nutrition Educator program in 2006 and the Natural Chef program in 2007. Understanding the science of cooking as well as creating recipes were not only fun but highly therapeutic. It offered a trusted sense of control, both physically and emotionally.
A yoga instructor taught me the motto:
"Replace effort with skill."
"Replace effort with skill." This motto shows up in all aspects of my life, and especially when I am in the kitchen. In the same fashion, I want to share skills in order to for you to reduce effort and increase your comfort in the kitchen. With this in mind, we will go beyond using recipes and instead create our own as we are cooking.
Highlights of my culinary career include:
Being named “Best Personal Chef in Silicon Valley” and cooking for Jed and Daniells York the owners of the 49ers are two of my top career highlights. As well as being co-author and designing the cookbook “Upgraded Chef" with Dave Asprey. In addition, what shines for me is when I seeing my students bright-eyed with their new-found kitchen skills.
When I am not cooking:
I also have a passion for playing the piano and following the advancements in astronomy. And, I'm always on the lookout for heart-shaped rocks. However, honoring my cooking passion has been foundational to my health and wellbeing journey.
more about me and my approach
video clips from a May 2020 interview