Welcome to Natural Tasty Chef! It is my mission to inspire a passion for mindful eating through the power of holistic cooking, made available to anyone, anywhere. Here you’ll find recipes, meal plans, cookbooks and courses along with cooking lessons, one-on-one coaching, helpful videos, and thoughtful blogs to help you achieve your highest state of well-being.
Do you want to maintain a healthy diet but don’t know where to start?
Are you suffering from gluten intolerance, Candida, or an autoimmune disease?
Want to expand your knowledge of healing foods, clean eating, and holistic cooking?
Are you trying to lose weight but still want to enjoy great tasting food?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a place for you here. You’re invited to take your time, browse the site, and see what speaks to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Welcome to Natural Tasty Chef!
Natural Tasty Chef is your source for recipes, cookbooks, meal plans, informative blogs, and online courses promoting clean eating and holistic cooking. Since 2011 I’ve been cooking for people throughout the L.A. region. My meals are mostly plant-based, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and corn-free. I have experience cooking for people struggling with weight loss, gluten-intolerance, Candida, migraines, food and skin allergies, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. I’ve had extensive training in cooking for Candida, Ayurveda, Macrobiotics, Raw, Vegan, and Vegetarian diets. I’m also well versed in Paleo and food-combining techniques.
It is my passion and privilege to offer my knowledge and experience (and yummy recipes!) to anyone who seeks it.
Pleased to meet you!
Hi there! I’m Alison the founder, creator, and culinary artist behind Natural Tasty Chef. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, I developed an early love for cooking as a child watching Julia Child on TV and my grandmother, the expert cake decorator!
In 2003, I moved to Los Angeles and stumbled upon a book called Zen Macrobiotics by George Ohsawa. This book spoke to a deep knowing within me; a knowing that YOU are at the source of your health and can control it through diet and lifestyle. While studying and adopting the principals and techniques of Macrobiotic theory and cooking, I experienced the benefits first hand, in my own life. The ailments that plagued me from early adult life, such as eczema, candida, parasites, and migraine headaches, began to disappear.
Fast-forward to 2008, I found myself on a soul-searching journey as I travelled through Bali and Indonesia studying Ashtanga yoga. During my travels I was introduced to the Ayurvedic diet philosophy, which further inspired my interest in holistic cooking. Devoting myself fully to my culinary education, I moved to Austin, Texas to study (and graduate from) the Natural Epicurean, a plant-based culinary school whose teachings emphasize the healing properties of food. There I learned both the theories and techniques of Vegan, Vegetarian, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda and Raw cuisine.
Returning to Los Angeles in 2011, I established Natural Tasty Chef, with my initial focus on cooking directly for clients as a personal chef. During this time I met Naturopath Ann Boroch, Candida healing and Multiple Sclerosis specialist. I began studying closely with Ann and developed the recipes for Ann’s cookbook, The Candida Cure Cookbook. While working with Ann, I honed her skills and expertise in cooking for Candida and autoimmune diseases such as M.S. Since then, I have helped many people with candida cleanses using Ann’s protocol.
Since then, my personal chef business flourished. I have had the privilege of cooking for countless people including many actors/actresses, models, TV and movie producers, fashion designers, professional athletes, agents, writers, and business executives. I have attended and volunteered at several macrobiotic cooking classes and lectures with teachers such as David Briscoe and Warren Kramer and on the macrobiotic cruise Holistic Holiday at Sea. I also provided Ann Boroch with more recipes for her second addition of The Candida Cure Cookbook. In addition, I’m a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, and a Medical Qigong Practice Leader. I have traveled extensively through parts of Asia, deepening my understanding and appreciation for holistic health and plant-based cooking.
Why I Do What I Do
Nothing makes me happier than when I hear success stories from my clients:
“My white blood cell count is up!”
“My eczema is gone and my skin is glowing.”
“I no longer feel bloated and my stomach pain has completely disappeared.”
“I’ve lost weight without really even trying!”
“I feel so empowered when I cook, like I actually know what I’m doing now.”
Statements like these make me happier beyond belief. The power of food is real, and I’m here to share that with the world.
My Core Beliefs
I believe in the power of knowledge and the healing properties of food.
I believe that health is free to achieve and should be made accessible to anyone, anywhere.
I know that the struggle with food allergies, digestive issues, disease, weight-loss, and autoimmune disorders are real, and I seek to provide a path to wellness through my products and services.
I want to end the war with food and reintroduce food as your ally in your quest for optimal health.
I wish to remove the stigma around holistic cooking and make healthy food “normal” through my approachable recipes, everyday ingredients, and familiar flavors.
I know, firsthand, that taking control of your diet can create positive reverberations in your physical, mental, and emotional life.
I believe in cooking mostly plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and refined sugar-free meals. However, I also believe that balance is key, life (and food) are meant to be enjoyed, and no one should be handcuffed by their “diet.”
I wish you fearless living and happy eating.
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need. “
– Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb