Introducing your Head Chef

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Kevin Helas Wholefood Kitchen Founder, Head Chef

Kevin Helas is the founder and Head Chef of Wholefood Kitchen, a vehicle for engagement in wholefood cooking practice and advocacy. He has trained extensively in wholefood cooking at the Concord Institute of Culinary of Arts, culminating in the completion in 2017 of the Mastery of Cooking programme; a professional training course that promotes expertise and mastery in wholefood and macrobiotic cooking.

It was at the Concord Institute, under the guidance of Jean Torné and other teachers, that he was first introduced to the principle of ‘cooking with awareness’ – a powerful way of establishing a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us – which informs the Wholefood Kitchen approach. Kevin's engagement with wholefood cooking sits alongside personal experience within a wide spectrum of health and wellbeing practises, and an ongoing pursuit of a balanced, nourishing approach to life and living.

On the shoulders of Giants

Wholefood Kitchen acknowledges the inspiration and teachings of these pillars in the realm of wholefood and home cooking

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Jean Torné Master Chef

Jean Torné is a Master Chef responsible for awakening a deeply-felt connection with food, and a desire to communicate this to a wider audience, helping to transform people relationship food to one of freedom, health and happiness.

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Mutsuko Johnson Japanese Home Cook

Together with her Macrobiotic training, Mutsuko brings the spirit of the Zen temple to the kitchen, teaching traditional Japanese home cooking influenced by the personal experience of cooking for her home and family

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Food & Whanau (family) Nourishing Traditions

Wholefood Kitchen is constantly inspired by cooking traditions around the world, beginning with experiences of growing up in Aotearoa - where the making and sharing of food is central to life, home, family and community.

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