"As a result of a bout with cancer my son experienced at the tender age of four, I was inspired to start a free healthy meal delivery program for families struggling with serious illness. Teen chefs are invited into a commercial kitchen to learn from professional chefs how to prepare healthy meals for their community and in the process develop valuable life skills. The clients we serve feel nourished and cared for during a challenging time. Our hundreds of volunteers feel connected to their community and each other as they serve and connect with each other. It is exciting to watch how this project unfolds in our community of Santa Cruz County, California.
As Executive Director, I ensure that the real stars of the show - our talented team of adult and teen chefs you see below, and our delivery drivers and client liaisons - have the support and guidance they need to fulfill our mission: to create healthier people, healthier communities, and a healthier environment through healing food and empowering the next generation."
Angela holds a Bachelors Degree of Environmental Studies from San Jose State University, and a AMI Elementary Teaching Credential.
Chef ElizaBeth began cooking and baking with her Mother and Grandmother from a very young age and her family’s back and front yard gardens provided the ‘Farm to Table’ connection early on. Her love of growing food and creating delicious dishes expanded into the fields of Botany, Biology, Chemistry and Nutrition. The fascinating and magical process of Photosynthesis, and the similarity of the molecule of green chlorophyll to the molecule of hemoglobin in human red blood cells, ignited a great passion for just how important green foods are to human health. After completing her studies in the Bauman College Nutrition Educator and Consultant programs, she returned to the kitchen, completing the Natural Chef and Culinary Arts program at Bauman College and began her personal chef business, Magnificent Meals!
Chef ElizaBeth is committed to and passionate about using the highest quality ingredients, with a focus on Seasonal, Organic, Unrefined and Local (SOUL) foods in her cooking. She consciously selects organic fruits and vegetables and free-range, pastured, grass-fed and sustainably raised poultry, beef, pork and seafood when available.
Being a former middle school Life Science teacher, Chef ElizaBeth also teaches cooking, nutrition and health to children, families and adults. She brings her background in science and education, along with her passion for increasing health and healing through food, to all beings and the planet.
Chef ElizaBeth offers Personal Chef Services, Cooking Instruction, Demonstrations, Individualized and Therapeutic Meal Plan Solutions
United States Personal Chef Association-USPCA
National Association of Nutrition Professionals-NANP
Weston A. Price Foundation-WAPF
Slow Food Movement
Nourishing Generations Educational Project
The Teen Kitchen Project