I’m Chef Jeff… find out why I started My Diet Chef for YOU!
How I got started….
Hi there! My name is Jeff Pirtle, but most people just call me Chef Jeff.
Thanks for stopping by to find out a little bit more about me and our story. It really is an interesting one if I may say so myself.
I fell in love with cooking at an early age and I went to culinary school after I graduated from High School. It was awesome, I was cooking at Ski Resorts, and fancy restaurants and really enjoyed creating masterpieces on the plate.
While in culinary school I took a job at a high-end retirement complex. I didn’t realize it at the time but that decision sealed my fate going forward in my cooking career…
I was now immersed in the world of Health Care.
How did that ever happen?
Though all of the residents of this upscale Retirement Home had a lot of money to eat the finest food, I soon realized that as you get older there are a LOT of restrictions that you need to consider.
And for the first time, I had to actually think about the nutrition aspect of the food that I was cooking. I was actually working for a local food Management company that managed the food-service for health care facilities.
They must have really liked me because they kept promoting me and bouncing me around to different facilities to help upgrade the food program.
I was first promoted to Executive Chef, and then Director of food services, all while I was still in my early twenties!
As the company grew and got new accounts the more I moved and helped open those new accounts.
I would change their hospital cafeterias in to cool new cafe concepts with fresh, healthy, and delicious food.
The same cooking methods were introduced for the patient and resident menus as well.
I can’t tell you how many people I have trained from opening cans and frozen food containers to actually learning how to cook REAL food!
I had a blast doing that throughout my twenties and was even featured in several industry publications for the inspiring and new programs that I was bringing to the healthcare facilities.
I even became a certified dietary manager (CDM) through the University of North Dakota so I could best help patients with their nutrition needs and write in their patient charts.
As much fun as I was having, there was still a longing to cook that food that I was trained in and used to cook at those fancy restaurants…
Cooking My Healthy Food All Over the World!
I took a vacation to visit a friend from Culinary School who was working as a chef on a private mega-yacht in Florida.
I was hooked as soon as I found out that the owners and guests on these yachts wanted the finest foods, and almost exclusively wanted to eat healthy as well.
I’ve worked on these private Mega-Yachts off and on now for almost 20 years. Traveling all over the world from Tahiti to the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and beyond has been a blast, I’ve cooked for more celebrities and billionaires than I can even list (or remember).
It really has been a perfect ride as I have been able to continue perfecting my healthy recipes and programs for my private clients and now I get to share them with you.
I am currently working full time on a yacht that is based in Miami in the winter and Washington D.C. in the summer.
Between that and supporting you with my products and recipes, there’s never a dull moment!
THE HISTORY OF OUR PRODUCTS
So, that’s my story…pretty cool huh?
I had been testing and concocting my healthy recipes, products, and programs during this whole time to help my clients, so it was natural for me to start My Diet Chef to help even more people.
Below is a timeline of all of the products that I have created for you.
As you will see, none of it was planned and they were all created organically and because of a need that I found that I needed for myself and my customers.
I have no idea what products or programs that I will be creating in the future, but it will be exciting to find out:) If you have any ideas on what products you would like to see, just email me at [email protected]
Everyone secretly loves their first baby! I was leading some people on an online healthy eating challenge. I was struggling to control my appetite during this challenge so I came up with this tea to help.
I had experimented with different herbal tea concoction throughout the years. So I took that knowledge and came with this blend.
I sent beta samples out to the people who were doing the challenge with me and they all loved it.
It was 2013 and as they say… rest is history!
DETOX BATH SALT
While I was researching the detox/cleanse challenge that I was leading online, I found a lot of research on the benefits of a hot nightly salt bath to help sweat out the toxins.
Turns out I like concocting Bath Salt as well:)
I came up with I think are the standard for all bath salts on the market!
Dead Sea and Epsom Salts, Pure Essential Oils, Coconut Oil for your skin…