Cooking has always been a passion for Jeff, that is why he was studying nutrition in college before attending the culinary art school of Cordon Bleu in San Francisco. While in school, he apprenticed at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. After his studies, he went to explore the world of cooking in France, where he worked and mastered the secrets of culinary arts for two years. Upon his return, he worked as Pastry Chef at Wolfgang Pucks Granita, Sous Chef at Campanile, and as an Executive Chef at Beverly Prescott Hotel, Maple Drive, and Cambria Restaurants.
Later, he worked as Director of Catering Operations and Executive Chef for Along Came Mary Productions. While working there, he continued to amaze people through his cooking in events like Grammy's, Spirit Awards, and Emmy's.
When Jeff experienced health issues, he studied holistic medicine and herbology. Now he arranges events and cooking classes. In these events, he shares his knowledge by teaching healthy cooking and balanced diet cuisines.
Born in the ’50s my family believed that doctors were god’s and medication was the solution to health, but in truth, we are responsible for our health, and I always think to what Hippocrates said: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Today I follow this belief understanding that everything we put in our mouths shares the same energies found naturally in our universe, so today not only do I plan my menus and shop daily seeking what not only moves me for the day but looking for what is known as SLOW foods- sustainable, local, organic and wild foods.
Santa Monica College
General Education & Nutrition • 1974
Le Comite National Des Vins De France
Certificate of Merit, France • 1981
California Wine Institute
Wine Diploma, San Francisco • 1980
Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy
San Francisco • 1992
Advanced Pastry Degree
Lenotre Patisserie Ecole, Paris • 1992
Stagiare, Auberge D' Ergal
Jours-Pontchartrain, France • 1992-93
Advanced Asian Cuisine Certificate
Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley • 2004
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute
Pune, India • 2007 / 2009 / 2013
Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
California College of Ayuvreda, Cerritos • 2010
Pancha Karma Specialist
California College of Ayurveda, Grass Valley • 2010
Certified Massage Therapist
California Massage Therapy Council • 2010
Certified Marma Therapist Certificate
Ayurvedic Institute, New Mexico • 2011
Professional Member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association
Certified Junior Level Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Pancha Karma Apprentice & Certification
Somatheeram, Kerala, India • 2012
American Herbalist Guild • 2017