EP 112 - Ayurveda, Happy Chefs & the Energy of Food

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Ayurvedic chef Nalini Mehta views food and the cooking process as a means to nurture the soul.
Air Date: 12/25/18
Duration: 21:58
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Nalini Mehta, Ayurvedic Chef
Lured by the enticing aromas, colors, and bustle of a busy Indian kitchen, as a child, Nalini Mehta would often be found perched at the kitchen counter by her mother, enjoying the cook's delightful treats. Growing up, cooks from various backgrounds shaped and influenced her understanding of Regional Indian cuisines as she moved from one city to another. The aromas of freshly baked baguette that wafted from the bakery below their apartment in Paris, and the eclectic nouvelle cuisines of New York fanned her passion and furthered her belief in food.

Her interest turned into her vocation, and for over ten years now she has been associated with the food industry as a caterer for private events and gourmet food stores in New York, cook in the kitchens of Candle Cafe and Hampton Chutney, and an Instructor at the Natural Gourmet school, followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and NY Open Center. She has been a speaker at a range of institutions including San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Princeton University, Baruch College and the United Nations.

A vegetarian herself, complemented by her belief in Ayurveda and Ayurvedic cooking, Nalini views food and the cooking process as a means to nurturing the soul - an experience for the mind, body, and soul.

Nalini is also a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Women In Culinary Leadership Grant program.
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EP 112 - Ayurveda, Happy Chefs & the Energy of Food
When Nalini Mehta's mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it changed the way she viewed food -- namely, how it can be used to heal one's body.

Now an Ayurvedic chef, Nalini has continued to use the principles behind Ayurveda in many different areas of her life. She views food and the cooking process as a means to nurture the soul and as an experience for the mind, body and soul.

Recently, Nalini also received the James Beard Foundation Grant for Women in Culinary Leadership and is the creator of the The Happy Chef Program. This program is a unique and customized workshop in partnership with the International Associate for Human Values (IAHV), which creates frameworks and tools for chefs and employees in the food service industry to manage the mental and behavioral tendencies that feed stress, resulting in greater health, happiness and productivity.

Listen as Nalini joins Dr. Taz to explain how she applies Ayurvedic principles to her career and life as a whole.