Lead Culinary Instructor, Health Supportive Baking & Pastry
Chef Kelly is a Lead Health-Supportive Baking and Pastry Chef Instructor and a graduate of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. She holds a certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition course series, and she and her husband recently created their own lifestyle wellness business called V-Life. Whether she is teaching a baking class on healthy substitutions, a public class on anti-inflammatory foods, or a Physician’s Kitchen class on oil-free cooking, Chef Kelly’s goal is to show people how simple changes in the kitchen can result in highly nourishing and delicious recipes.
Since the beginning of 2015, Chef Kelly has had the opportunity to work in three different vegan and gluten-free bakeries in Austin. She currently holds the position of Quality Management and Improvement Consultant at Better Bites Bakery. Having always admired the excellent cooks and bakers in her family, Chef Kelly began to cook for herself after college while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh. With access to fresh, sun-ripened produce and exposure to new cooking techniques and equipment, Chef Kelly developed a strong interest in the culinary arts. Traveling through and living in different parts of the world also taught Chef Kelly the value of exploring new, and sometimes exotic, fruits and vegetables – a habit she still enjoys today.
Chef Kelly loves testing and revising recipes, reading cookbooks and menus, challenging herself through yoga practice, weight training, and hiking, and taking road trips home to Missouri. Her aim in life is to live responsibly and compassionately and to encourage others to do so as well.