Chef Zara

Chef Zara

The Macro Muse.

Long Beach, CA

Chef's MenusCustom Service

About the Chef

Obsessed with healthy ingredients and food’s relationship with the body, Chef Zara creates delicious foods by intuitive cooking.

I’m Zara, also known as The Macro Muse. I combined my inspirations and macrobiotic studies to create beautiful and delicious meals for vibrant living and health. I grew up in southern California, always cooking and intrigued by the science e behind the effects of food. Wellness and athletics were always a large part of my life, and early on was able to connect food to performance and mood. I became further intrigued by health while obtaining my degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Biology from The University of San Francisco. During college, I adopted a macrobiotic approach to diet and lifestyle to increase energy and stay focused while running competitively.

I attended the Kushi Macrobiotic Institute in Massachusetts, going on to join their cooking staff as head chef and cooking class assistant for two years. The macrobiotic training levels include the in-depth study of cooking, macrobiotic philosophy, shiatsu massage, and oriental diagnosis.

Since leaving The Kushi Institute, I spent the next decade working in private family homes as a chef, educator, and family assistant. I have enjoyed cooking for yoga retreats and teaching at events. I’ve enjoyed improving the lives and health of families, often times as a live-in to further deepen and encourage long-lasting habits. I’ve also spent a decade on and off at a biodynamic farm and community in Alaska, living amongst families, cooking, and healing others using food as medicine. When you work with me, I teach you how to become your own healer with the principles passed down through ancient teachings, paired with a modern day approach.

Let me guide, nourish you, and open your eyes to delicious healthy meals.

— Chef Zara

Notable Clientele

Craig McCaw (McCaw Cellular) • Denise Mari (Organic Avenue)

Roger C. Green (Ipswich) • Frykman Family (Spoonk Mat)

Jones Family (MySpace) • Magno Family

Perfected with experience. Take one as it is or ask to customize.

Elevate the Globe

Chef Zara was a dream to work with. She prepared the best vegan food for our Joshua Tree Retreat and everyone loved her creations. We love how she prepares the food with such love and how delicious, nourishing, and beautifully prepared it was!! Everyone raved about the food and it made our retreat unforgettable!! We hope to work with her again soon!

— Elevate the Globe

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Cathy Creighton

Zara is at home in the kitchen and is knowledgeable about healthy food, natural food in a way that comes through her intuitive and delicious cooking.

— Cathy Creighton

Career Highlights


Exercise and Sport Science and Biology
The University of San Francisco

Kushi Macrobiotic Institute



Here is what they said about the chef.

Jennifer & Mike Jones

Zara prepared healthy meals for our family with love and care. She is thoughtful, efficient, and has been a helpful addition to our family.

— Jennifer & Mike Jones

Roger Green

I have been able to focus on other things in my life while continuing to eat well. It has been a big help having Zara here.

— Roger Green

Michelle & Hector Magno

We went from daily cooking and cleaning in the kitchen to spending more time with our family as soon as Zara started. She’s an incredible chef and she’s fast, a hard worker and trustworthy. Having her help has changed our lives!

— Magno Family
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