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Audio Interview with GreenChef Ani Phyo On Life As A Chef and Her Raw Food Journey

Posted By Dhrumil Purohit On October 27, 2009 @ 6:00 am In Exclusive Interview Series,Fitness/Diet,GreenChef Foodie Talk | 4 Comments

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Today we catch up with Ani Phyo. Ani is the host of an award winning uncooking show on YouTube and the author of the international best-seller, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and Ani’s Raw Food Desserts

Ani and her delicious raw food recipes have been featured in everything from Boing-Boing, the world’s most popular blog, to the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.

Topics Covered:

Growing Up & her relationship to food
Her father’s experiences with raw food and mono eating
How she discovered gourmet raw food in San Francisco at Juliano’s Raw
How Ani’s mental alertness and energy was effected by her introduction to raw food
How raw food effects the process of being creative and why
Building Her Career in Raw Food

The story of how she became a raw food chef and transitioned out of her corporate career
Building the raw food community in Los Angeles with friends
The challenges Ani faced building her first company, Smart Monkey Foods
How Ani’s first book synchronistically came together
Practical Raw Food Tips

What simple raw recipes make up Ani’s daily raw food intake?
Ani’s tips for getting the most bang for your time when it comes to making dressings, soups and pates
Ani’s tips for keeping food handy for quick meals on the go
How does Ani recommend that people get started with raw food in the most gentle and fun way possible?
Ani explains the cause of obesity and how most people, even if they eat a lot of calories, are always starving for real nutrients
Her recipe for learning how to feel great on raw food… one baby step at a time
Ani talks about some common potholes that newbies get stuck in when increasing their raw intake
If people could only do one thing, what should they do?
Raw Foods and Green Living

Ani talks about how a raw, organic, local, seasonal diet reduces our ecological footprint
How Ani’s kitchen produces no trash at all
Voting with our dollars and spending money on fresh produce vs spending money on prepared foods
Ani on Marketing and Building Community

Why it’s important to think of your raw food business as a community building tool
What advice raw food chef Julio gave to Ani when she started her career
How sharing is an important aspect of growing
A sneak peak at Ani’s next book

Dhrumil Purohit is the team lead, primary author and community curator of We like it Raw and Give it to me Raw.

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