I want to take a moment to introduce myself, and to give you a bit of my background and history.
I have been a professional Chef for over 15 years, having worked at many Restaurants and Hotels, and performing pretty much every job there is in the Food and Beverage Industry. I got the name Tiny Little Chef, when I was trying to come up with a new email address in Culinary School, and my Dad said, “well, you are tiny, you are little, and you are going to be a Chef.” So, right then and there Tiny Little Chef came to be. In Culinary School, I was known as “The Master of Seasoning.” I know how to make pretty much anything taste delicious! I love trying out new flavors and Recipes and I am constantly testing new Recipes.
In 2004 I decided to step away from the restaurant industry, and start my own meal delivery service. I had some amazing clients, and I quickly started getting requests to do large, private Catering’s. I did everything from baby and bridal showers, to large fundraisers, to huge corporate events. I loved it, but it was a lot of work.
I married my Husband, TJ, in July 2012, and in February (Valentine’s Day!) of 2013 we found out I was pregnant. I continued to do Catering’s, but being pregnant took a toll on my small frame, and I began having contractions almost 3 months before my due date. We already knew I had to have a C-Section, due to my very contracted pelvis, so my Dr. ordered me to stop Catering, and with mixed emotions, I took a step back. I kept cooking and making new recipes in my own home, but I felt like I needed to do more, so I worked on recipes, and published some eCookbooks before, and after, my Son was born.
After the birth of my Son, I suffered from not only a C-Section recovery, which is brutal in and of itself, but I had a pretty bad case of postpartum depression. When I finally went to the Dr. to discuss what was going on, the Nurse said to me “I was wondering when I was going to see you for this.”
I have had a history of depression for many, many years, sometimes mild, and sometimes pretty severe. The ways that I had dealt with in the past were not healthy or beneficial, so this time I decided I need to change myself from the inside out. I was a half a pack a day smoker, off and on, for many, many years. I thought it helped me with depression, but in all honesty, it made it far worse. I surrounded myself with many negative, less than desirable people, and I myself became a negative debbie downer. I became a victim of my own thoughts and environment. I am happy to say that the negativity, in all forms, is gone, and that i have not had in cigarette in a very long time!
I tried to become healthy at various times throughout my life, but it took a while for something to really get, and hold, my attention. The exercise that has truly spoken to me is Pilates, and so I decided to become a trained Instructor on the Pilates Reformer in 2010. I LOVE it! I have trained many, many clients out of my home, and continue to do so. I was known as a Chef, so when I did go on my health kicks, I would cook delicious, healthy food for myself, but I never kept it up for any great length of time.
Something FINALLY clicked in my head after my Son was born. I was done. I was done treating myself like crap, and as much as I had helped other people, I needed to help myself. I went on anti-depression meds, and started to really deconstruct myself. It was hard, and the tears flowed, but it was beyond necessary.
Many people knew of my food and exercise knowledge, and therefore I was constantly asked about Nutrition. I researched many programs, and I decided to become Certified as a Weight Management Specialist via the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers. I have done hundreds of Nutrition Consultations, and I LOVE it! I combines everything I love to do, and most importantly, I love helping people. I can show you how to eat better, what to eat, and I give you the eCookbooks loaded with my Recipes.
In 2015 I created, and trademarked the 1 Week Food Fix™. This program is geared towards kickstarting your metabolism, eliminating toxins from your body, and improving your weight loss. The best part is that I have created good for you recipes, with a ton of flavor, and a meal plan with no guesswork for you! It was also a customer request! For more info on the 1 Week Food Fix™, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you now have a better idea of who I am, and why I strive to help people become a healthier version of themselves!
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2000
Chef/Owner Tiny Little Chef, 2005-present
Pilates Reformer, Modules 1,2,3, Balanced Body University, 2010
Weight Management Specialist, National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, 2015