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Lauren Chandler, Chef Instructor, MSW

I bridge the gap between the healthcare provider and the healthful plate, translating the nutritional counseling you receive into tangible, tasty results in the comfort of your own kitchen. I combine my culinary training, experience and background in social work to develop just the right culinary engagement for my clients Through celebrating the seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest, I demonstrate to cooks of all skill levels and dietary preferences that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or fun for good health.

Some common topics are:

  • Gluten-free
  • How to enjoy more Vegetables
  • Smoothies
  • Easy Weeknight Meals
  • Batch Cooking
  • Flavor through Fresh Herbs & Spices
  • Pantry Reboot
  • Shopping Education

Contact Lauren at (917) 902-5049 or to schedule an appointment or for more information.

About Lauren:

Lauren Chandler discovered her passion for cooking after earning a BA in medical anthropology, when she traveled the world as a Watson Fellow studying how diet can promote health and prevent disease. Since then, she graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts, cooked in restaurants including Café Boulud in Manhattan and Marché in Eugene, OR, worked on a vegetarian cookbook, earned a Master in Social Work and worked at Outside In. All the while, she taught cooking in private homes, classrooms, non-profits and farms. She twice attended Eat Retreat, an invite-only workshop for leaders in the food community, and participated in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Health Immersion.

As the cooking coach at Whole Foods Market, customers often approached her with a list containing advice from their healthcare provider regarding what to eat and what not to eat, but they needed help knowing exactly how to implement the changes at home. Lauren knew she tapped into meaningful work when customers returned to her repeatedly, and reported that they were feeling better, their numbers and weight had improved, and they were excited about the new meals they were making.

Through Lauren Chandler Cooks, Lauren teaches in a variety of settings, consults on culinary-based projects, and develops recipes for companies in the US and abroad. In her private practice, she alloys social work, cooking, and teaching to empower individuals to reach their cooking and health goals, often in direct partnership with their health care provider. Lauren bridges the gap from the provider’s office to the dinner plate, with an emphasis on the importance of being joyful and playful in the kitchen. Amidst the conflicting definitions of “healthy” diet, she stays out of the food fight and focuses on the common denominator that we all can agree upon – vegetables are good for us.

Lauren is a faculty member at the National College of Natural Medicine, in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.

When Lauren is not in the kitchen or in the classroom, she is likely rock climbing, cooking divine campfire fare somewhere beautiful, or singing karaoke with her little sister (through Big Brothers Big Sisters).