About The Living Kitchen
The Living Kitchen was born out of the desire to deeply nourish people with good food. We are a collective of holistic nutritionists, chefs and cooks that specialize in making people feel their best.
Our philosophy on food is that it must be whole, unprocessed and anti-inflammatory, it must be delicious and you must love it. Whether looking to lose weight, dealing with cancer or a busy professional on the go, we all need food to fuel us, heal us and energize us. Most of all food must be delicious and that is what we guarantee.
Meet Our Living Kitchen Team
Tamara Green, Co-founder, Nutritionist & Personal Chef
Tamara Green loves good food. As a weekly writer for Slice.ca, Foodnetwork.ca and as the host of the TV show, Home Cookin', on Rogers TV, Tamara knows how important it is to eat well and feel great. She was once the pickiest eater you would have ever met. Growing up on a diet full of french fries, hamburgers, pizza and chicken fingers, Tamara developed a serious case of IBS. She was in chronic pain for 9 years until she turned to food to heal herself. After being completely symptom free since 2008, it is Tamara's passion to assist people to eliminate pain, find health and eat nourishing and real good food. She combines her knowledge of nutrition and passion for cooking to work with clients to create lasting changes in their lives.
Tamara holds a BA from McGill University and later attended The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) becoming a Certified Nutrition Practitioner. Tamara completed IHN's holistic food preparation course. She is a self taught cook, always experimenting in the kitchen with different ingredients and flavours.
Lani Sopman, Nutritionist & Personal Chef
Lani Sopman is a holistic nutritionist, pastry chef and cooking instructor specializing in natural, whole foods and healthy sweets. During her over 10-year career in the food industry she has worked in some of Toronto’s top eateries including North 44, Lee, Susur, Bonne Gordon Cakes and LPK’s Culinary Groove where she was the resident school Mistress. .
Lani’s journey to health began in her late twenties when she suffered from the Epstein Barr Virus. In an effort to gain control of her health, she went from one specialist to the next. The only solutions presented to her were allopathic medicines with tons of side effects. After three years of struggle, she finally found her journey to health through naturopathic medicine and a total lifestyle change and so, her love of healthy food and nutrition began.
Allison Jones, Nutritionist & Personal Chef
Allison Jones is a holistic nutritionist, chef, and cooking instructor. After completing the Baking and Pastry Arts program at George Brown College she honed her skills working at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. She decided to continue her studies at The Stratford Chef’s School where she graduated with honors.
Allison’s journey to health began after a few years of working one too many long shifts in restaurant kitchens and she began suffering from chronic gastric pain. She was eventually diagnosed with IBS. Soon after, she discovered that through balancing her work /life relationship, eating a whole foods diet, and with exercise, her health improved greatly. Her newfound passion for health and wellness eventually brought her to the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she graduated with honors.
Liz Murray, Personal Chef
Liz Murray is a natural foods chef and cooking class instructor. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in NYC, a unique culinary school whose focus is on whole foods nutrition. Liz has had an extensive culinary career as a restauranteur, caterer and consultant. She has also worked in various health supportive restaurants across Canada.
Liz's goal is to bring awareness of the healing power of food and joyfully share her culinary knowledge. Liz believes that the anti-inflammatory powers of herbs, spices, nuts and seeds and the immune boosting nutrients of fruits and veggies are key steps toward preventing disease and achieving optimum health.
The Living Kitchen Philosophies
Love What You Eat
When people are recovering from diseases or trying to lose weight, they think that they have to sacrifice flavour and enjoyment or might even feel embarrassed around friends and family when it comes to meal times.
We believe that everyone deserves to love the food on their plate. If you don’t love what you are eating, it won’t nourish your body nearly as much as when you do savour every single bite. We know how to make healing and healthy food taste fantastic.
Listen to Your Body
Every body needs different nutrients and foods. There is not one diet that is best for everyone. There are so many people on this planet with different tastebuds, cells, and digestive systems that it only makes sense each body is unique and requires something slightly different.
Whole Foods are Key
Whole foods are the truest form of good food. A whole food has all of its inherent nutrients intact and is not refined or processed.
All of our cooking and recipes follow these guidelines:
- We use organic, local ingredients when possible
- All meats are naturally raised, free of antibiotics and hormones.
- We only use whole grains and absolutely no refined products.
- We only use maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar as sweeteners.
- We always use the healthiest cooking oils.
- No sugar, wheat or cow dairy.