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 and Culinary Arts with a Culinary Arts Diploma; has 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, nonprofits and farms. She was the Healthy Cooking Coach at Whole Foods Market; twice attended Eat Retreat, an invite-only workshop for leaders in the food community; and participated in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Health Immersion.
Through Lauren Chandler Cooks, Lauren teaches in a variety of settings, consults on culinary-based projects, and develops recipes for companies in the U.S. and abroad. In her private practice, she combines social work, cooking and teaching to empower individuals to reach their cooking and health goals, often in direct partnership with their healthcare 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 – plants are good for us. Lauren celebrates the seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest and demonstrates to cooks of all skill levels and dietary preferences that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or fun for good health.
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).