About Me

Welcome!  I’m Lauren Kretzer, a vegan chef and recipe developer.

I grew up in New Jersey in a large family where food was (and still is!) the ultimate expression of love.  I learned to cook the Argentinian and Sicilian foods of my heritage at the apron strings of my mother and grandmothers, and quickly fell in love with the rituals involved in preparing wholesome, homemade food that nourished our family from the inside out.

In my post-college years, I found myself rushing home each day from my job as a Wall Street corporate recruiter to cook all night in my tiny apartment kitchen.  As my cookbook collection expanded and my DVR queue of cooking shows grew longer, I realized that I wanted to spend my life around food.  One summer morning in 2011, I handed in my job resignation and sent in my tuition check for culinary school the very next day.

I’ve always been passionate about health and wellness, so when deciding on a culinary school, the choice was clear – I enrolled in the renowned Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, eager to learn as much as I possibly could about health supportive cuisine.   My time as a student at NGI was the most exciting and enriching time of my life.  After graduating from culinary school, I gained additional experience in the Michelin starred kitchen of Annisa and cooking at the historical James Beard House and James Beard Awards.  I also hold a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University, based on the groundbreaking nutrition research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, best-selling author of The China Study.

My current work as a vegan private chef allows me to cook in the kitchens of individuals, families and celebrities throughout the NYC Metro area.  I cook based on the principles of a whole foods, plant-based diet, and strive to use ingredients that are organic, seasonal, and local whenever possible!  I strongly believe that healthy food can be approachable, delicious, and indulgent – I don’t think that meal time should ever (EVER!) be associated with deprivation.

I am honored to also be working as a contributing chef and recipe developer for by CHLOE., a New York City based vegan restaurant chain, as well as for Kris Carr, wellness warrior and New York Times bestselling author.  My recipes have appeared in Vogue.com, Yoga Journal, NYMag.com, and Stylecaster.com.

When I’m not cooking for my amazing clients, you can find me in my home kitchen, happily cooking for my family.

Email me at lauren@laurenkretzer.com to say hi, talk food and cooking, or just introduce yourself – I’d love to hear from you!  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter via the form below to get FREE vegan recipes, cooking tips, updates, promotions, and lots more!

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