Photo by Debby Wolvos • DW Photography
A Few of Chef Lesher's Previous Industry Accomplishments
30 years experience as a chef, instructor and restaurateur
Inductee to Arizona's Culinary Hall of Fame
Editor-in-Chief of a food-focused magazine
Accomplished author and journalist
Host, executive producer and Telly Award winner for the local Food & Life Television show (you can view a sampling of Chef Lesher's videos at www.clesher.com)
Member and current President of Les Dame d'Escoffier, Phoenix Chapter
Chefs know, weight gain is an occupational hazard; food is your passion and you're either handling it, thinking about or tasting it every waking hour (okay, dreaming about it too). At one point I had ballooned up to over 265 lbs! Fate intervened in the form of Stage-3 uterine cancer. Changes were needed, and after going through a brutal phase of chemo and radiation, I didn't need to be told twice.
That was almost 10 years ago. I began immersing myself in what it takes to create a healthy lifestyle, and eventually the light bulb clicked on. The day-to-day joys of being a chef and instructor were not nearly as exciting or challenging as coaching others to achieve their own healthy state.
A Culinary Wellness Coach was born!