Meet Chef Angela Huang
Cooking to me is both art therapy and nutrition in action.
Playtime in the kitchen is a form of yoga for me and I personally can’t think about what and how to cook without thinking about nutritional value.
I believe that our relationship to how we eat is just as important as what we eat. I'm fascinated by the psychology of eating, psychoneuroimmunology — the study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease, and the all the new research on our microbiota (like how our gut bacteria has been shown to affect human emotions!)
Teaching others what I've learned allows me to share myself with others in an intimate way.
My Journey With Food And Health
I’ve held various roles in the culinary industry since I was a teenager. From my first job at Carl's Jr, to head chef at a hippie Macrobiotic restaurant in my early twenties, to a pastry chef, to a nutritional consultant and chef instructor, I have always been obsessed with food.
Teaching at the culinary school was an incredible skill-building experience for me, I enjoyed my work, but my passion for nutrition and health were overshadowed by the syllabus I was given to follow. The stress and unhappiness I was feeling ultimately culminated in a trip to the emergency room. My body was covered with hives and open-wound rashes. I was teaching food safety the next day and realized the irony: I was a walking food hazard!
At the hospital, I was finally able to laugh at myself. Over the next few weeks I had a spiritual awakening—I read, I prayed, and I learned how to feed my body in a whole new way. During this time, I successfully healed months’ worth of severe eczema, oozing rashes, and horrible itchy hives. It’s a period I refer to as my “Healing Honeymoon.”
Food And Autoimmunity
This experience opened my eyes to the work of pioneers in ancestral health and functional medicine, such as Chris Kresser ( The Paleo Cure), Rob Wolf ( Wired to Eat), Sarah Ballantyne (The Paleo Approach), Terry Wahls (Wahls Paleo and Wahls Paleo Plus), and Paul Jaminet (Perfect Health Diet). For two years, I was strictly committed to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), and have slowly moved into reintroduction phases that more closely resemble the Paleo diet.
To read more about my journey with food and healing, click here.
I now work with and support individuals at varying stages of healing to help them repair their gut, balance their blood sugar, detoxify their body, reduce inflammation, strengthen their immune system, and find peace on their plates. I also help people expand their diets when they’re ready to reintroduce more healthy, whole foods.
Let me support you and your commitment to health
My desire is to use my life experiences and skills to improve the lives of others who choose to embark on healing diets and feel overwhelmed with how to cook and eat differently than those around them. Through coaching, private cooking lessons, special classes and events, I educate and celebrate those wanting to uplevel their quality of life in this way.
I am committed to understanding the dietary needs and restrictions of my clients, without sacrificing creativity or satisfaction that you deserve from food. My clients are conscious people who are wanting to experience a new relationship with food that's less stressful and more enjoyable..
Please contact me to learn more.
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Being on an elimination diet can be hard. Finding recipes which are easy and delicious is key to sustainability.
Chef Angela mastered both, allowing me to eat amazing and nutritious foods I never thought I'd eat and teaching me how to make them at home.
Her friendly and positive attitude made the event fun — I will attend again when I have the chance.
— Erin Joyce, AIP Expert and Lyme Warrior
Chef Angela is truly gifted in her kind, gentle, informative approach. She is a master at putting nutritional puzzle pieces together.
She has worked with my family and I on gathering information and assessing where we could make some gradual dietary changes that are beneficial but not too overwhelming. She takes the shame out of recognizing eating habits and is understanding of "real life" diets.
As a mom to 4 children, I want the best for all of them but my 4 year old son began having severe reactions to mosquito bites and also deep emotional peaks and valleys. Chef Angela has walked me through identifying which foods might be triggering a histamine reaction and also recognized that he needed much more healthy fat in his diet to feed his brain. Once I started offering more of those things to him, his behavior changed that very same day. It was incredible. I cannot thank Angela enough.
My mother's intuition knew something was "off" with my son and Angela is helping us to see the sweet boy come back through changes in his diet. I had tried to find the answer searching online and was completely overwhelmed and discouraged trying to do it on my own.
I'm so thankful to have Chef Angela guiding me on this journey. Her expertise is priceless.
— Jessica Wilson, The Conscious Stepmom
I loved the experience of meeting others and getting to know them, whilst enjoying absolutely delicious and nutritious food, and learning, all at the same time.
It was a rich and inspiring experience.
I have some great new ideas of ways to prepare food at home. I feel that Angela's classes would be extremely enjoyable to anyone, but in particular for those who have specific restrictive diets, this is such a treat. Thank you Chef Angela!
— Josie Fenton. Wilderness Based Coach and Therapist
Education and Certifications:
Kresser Institute, ADAPT Functional Medicine Health Coach, Graduating June 2019
Prison Yoga Project, Prison Yoga Trauma Informed Training, March 2018
The Urban Monk, Tao Tan Pai Qi Gong Level 2 Live Training, June 2018
CorePower Yoga, Registered Yoga School, 200 Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training Certification, August 2013
Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts
Nutrition Consultant Certification, June 2013
Nutrition Educator Certification, December 2007
ServSafe for National Restaurant Association, Certified Instructor and Registered Examination Proctor, March 2013
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts Program Graduate with Honors, March 2012
Integrative Medicine for Mental Health: Practical Solutions for Treating Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD and Eating Disorders, Conference presented by James Greenblatt, M.D., and WIlliam Shaw, Ph.D., November 6-7th, 2010
University of California, Berkeley, BA in Film Studies, courses in organic chemistry, psychology, and nutrition, December 2006
Institute of Culinary Awakening Vegan Chef Training, Summer 2006
Chef Angela Huang LLC, July 2017- Present
Owner, Nutrition coaching and education, paleo cooking workshops and lessons.
Real Food Real Healthy, September 2010— 2017
Owner, Offering nutrition consultations and education, menu planning, and catering.
Choice Culinary Events, February 2015 - December 2016
Catering to those looking for high quality, nutrient-dense, allergen-free cuisine.
Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, October 2015 -March 2016
Alternative, Gluten-Free Pastry Chef
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, September 2012 - October 2015
Tutor (September 2012 – July 2014)
Home cook instructor (September 2013 - August 2014)
Adjunct Chef Educator of Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts programs (November 2013 - September 2015)
Café Aion, March 2012- October 2012
Pastry Chef and Line Cook, making baked goods, specialty items, and additional desserts
Suitcase Clinic, Sept 2009 - Sept 2010
Cooking Farm-to-Table weekly dinners for Berkeley’s homeless and low-income population under 25.
Ecology Center, Berkeley Farmer's Market, May 2008 – March 2010
Market Demo Chef and Nutrition Educator. Creating recipes, nutritional handouts, and performing chef demonstrations for the Berkeley public using all local and seasonally grown ingredients. Assisting in sales and operations of the Ecology Center Store and the Berkeley Farmer's Market.