I have many memories of my home including the many I visited that were always filled with good food, warmth and laughter. In pursuit of fulfilling my passion which is a love for cooking, I applied to The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. As a graduate of the Chef Training Program, the first step in making this transition was to make good health a number one priority. The culinary field has been such a great influence in my life as my parents have been involved in the food industry with 20+ years of experience.
Food has such a great impact on our health. Food and healing truly fit hand in hand. The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts was founded by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.; a leading figure in the natural foods and the holistic health field. The school was founded on the principle that what we eat significantly affects our physical, mental and spiritual well being.
In reference to meal planning, I incorporate the following sources into the plan such as a variety of healthy cooking methods, balance in color, flavor and texture. In addition to these sources, the meal plan is also based on the Chinese Theory of the Five Elements or Five Phases.
Cooking methods and food preparation techniques will also affect the expansiveness and contractiveness of foods. These methods and techniques are used to make food palatable, easier to digest and to bring the extremes closer to the center.
This page contains three photo albums: one shows photos from a bridal shower that I recently catered, the second shows samples of the meals that I will prepare for you, the other shows actual photos of my family's backyard garden in which I use the organic fresh herbs and vegetables to cook.
Marcella is an outstanding Chef plain and simple. Her success lies not only in her knowledge of food but also shopping for it, to preparing even the most intricate dishes. Most importantly, an intense and sincere love for what she is doing in addition for her clients and their needs.
She has been preparing meals for me for well over 2 years now and is a pleasure to be around and very comforting. Iíve been battling ovarian cancer and was diagnosed in 2010. I had immediately sought out people who could give me the kind of nutrition that would help me combat this disease. Marcella has made this journey easy for me and everything she prepares is meticulously made and carefully chosen. Some dishes can be challenging and nothing short of superb and delicious. Diet is a major part of the process maintaining recovery. I couldnít do this without Marcellaís skills, patience, enormous respect, affection and amazing talent. She is a true treasure.
Marcella is a pleasure to work with and is continually helpful. Our consultation was about two months ago and she is still helping me and giving me new ideas. Her cooking is delicious. At the consultation Marcella brought samples of her cooking. One of the meals she made was a carrot soup. I had my son with me at the consultation he asked for seconds and myself a person who doesn't like carrots now finds this to be one of my favorite meals. The meals are delicious and the recipes easy to follow. It has made eating healthy so much easier.
Thank you Marcella.
The Terranova Family
Marcella has proven to be a young lady of integrity. She's honest, diligent and nurturing towards others. She has a love for cooking healthy and tasty meals. I find her to be very creative with food, easily adjusting ingredients to personal tastes. I especially love her squash dishes, yummy, a delicious experience!