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Meet Our Chefs

Chelan Fresh Executive Chef Joseph A. Nagy

Age: 38
School: Western Culinary 1999 Portland Oregon Training under Surge Roche Vermont.
Work Experiences:
Executive Chef Lou Lou Restaurant Brooklyn N.Y.
Executive Chef H20 Martini Bar Restaurant at Portland, Oregon
Executive Chef Vin Du Lac Winery at Chelan, Washington
Executive Chef Stevens Pass, Washington
Executive Chef for five resort restaurants
Creator of Farm to Table
Plans to spearhead the creation of a large Chelan Fresh Garden in the Spring for year-round good food
Owner Maki Sushi at Chelan, Washington

 
 
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Chef Meg

Meg is an educator, recipe developer and lifelong foodie based out of Lake Chelan, Washington with her husband and three dogs. Meg has years of experience working in many aspects of the food industry, including her own artisan bakery, but it wasn’t until she started experiencing her own health issues that she decided to focus on the healing powers of whole, plant based foods. After completeing her plant-based culinary training with Rouxbe Cooking School, Meg started The Evolving Plate and began teaching people how to transform their health through their diet. Through social media, hands on classes and recipe development Meg continues to show people how easy and accessible eating for wellness can be. WhenMeg does take a break from cooking you can find her teaching a Zumba Fitness class or kicking up her heels in a salsa class with her husband.

To find out more, check out www.TheEvolvingPlate.com

 
 
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Registered Dietitian McKenzie Hall

McKenzie Hall is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, writer, speaker and nutrition spokesperson focused on helping others develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies. With her business partner, Lisa Samuel, McKenzie co-founded Nourish RDs, a nutrition communications and consulting company. Together, they partner with other like-mind food, health, and PR companies, health professionals, and commodity boards to educate others about the value in developing maintainable and sustainable habits to achieve health, happiness and balanced living. Basked in the greater Los Angeles area, she provides individual and group nutritional counseling, grocery store tours, nutrition workshops, and cooking classes. McKenzie is also a contributing editor for the award winning publication, Environmental Nutrition, and her numerous other articles can be found in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Today’s Dietitian, The Daily Press, The Morning Call, Buffalo News, OR Today, The Santa Clarita Valley’s Signal Healthy & Family Guide, and more. McKenzie graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition and completed her Dietetic Internship at Bastyr University in Seattle. In addition to following her own “non-diet” advice, McKenzie loves discovering new hiking trails (in both California and back home in Alberta, Canada), camping the local food at her favorite farmer’s markets, and baking in her sunny California kitchen.

Born and raised in a small beach town in Southern California, Holly Markey’s food career journey began with a catering class at her local community college at 18. She loved it, and was immediately bitten by the culinary bug. She later received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Kaplan University, and continues to participate in culinary programs and classes all over California and the UK. Holly has spent the majority of her culinary career as a family chef and personal events caterer, before joining NourishRDs. She continually strives to make a positive impact in her community by volunteering her time with her local food bank, working mostly with children and families to learn the importance of proper nutrition and using the food bank’s resources to create balanced meals at home.

 
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Registered Dietitian Lisa Samuel

A cooking cupid with a mission to help people fall in love with their kitchen, Lisa Samuel believes the most powerful thing you can do for your health is to learn to cook and share meals with the people you love. Lisa is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist and a cooking instructor, public speaker, writer, and consultant and spokesperson for commodity boards and food companies. You can find Lisa blogging about nutrition and sharing healthy recipes at www.nourishrds.com, and you can find her Pinning, Instagramming, and Facebooking. If you’re in the Bellingham area, you can attend one of her cooking classes or workshops at the Community Food Co-op and Ciao Thyme.

Lisa also shares her passion for food, hosting gatherings, travel, and home design on www.Simmstown.com, and you can follow along with her on her personal Instagram and on Pinterest.

Lisa lives in the lovely community of Bellingham, Washington with her amazing husband, Elie and their two cats. They own a furniture store, Samuel’s Furniture. Aside from everything already mentioned, a few of Lisa’s favorite things include the color turquoise, her home state of Kentucky, long walks with friends, yoga and prayer.

Education and Professional Organizations:

  • Wright State University, MBA with a concentration in Marketing
  • Columbia University, B.S. in Biological Sciences
  • Bastyr University, Dietetic Internship
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Member
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, Member
  • Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group, Member

 
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Registered Dietitian Holly Markey

Born and raised in a small beach town in Southern California, Holly Markey’s food career journey began with a catering class at her local community college at 18. She loved it, and was immediately bitten by the culinary bug. She later received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Kaplan University, and continues to participate in culinary programs and classes all over California and the UK. Holly has spent the majority of her culinary career as a family chef and personal events caterer, before joining NourishRDs. She continually strives to make a positive impact in her community by volunteering her time with her local food bank, working mostly with children and families to learn the importance of proper nutrition and using the food bank’s resources to create balanced meals at home.

McKenzie, Holly, and Lisa love connecting with the online community through social media networks. You can find them blogging at www.nourishRDs.com, and tweeting, Pinning, Instagramming, and Facebooking too!