The Healthy Cooking Coach

Phoenix, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have more than 25 years of experience in the health, cooking, teaching, and natural foods industries. I've led more than 1100 cooking classes and presentations in 8 states and more than 300 of my articles have appeared in national and regional publications. I am enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. I have extensive knowledge of nutrition that many chefs lack. My recipes are easy to follow, easy to replicate, and they show people how to make healthy food taste great.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love inspiring, educating, and empowering people, teaching them practical information they can immediately apply to enjoy great tasting food and improve their health and fitness. I love hearing about the positive changes people are making as a result of what they have learned from me.

Location

Phoenix, AZ 85018

Background check

Complete

Years in business

31

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

11 Reviews
  • Tiffani N. May 28, 2014
    Learning from Chef Rachel has transformed the way I eat and cook for my family. Taking classes from her has impacted every meal I make, even if I'm not using one of her amazing recipes. Throughout the class she imparted tidbits of wisdom that she has gained from her years of living of being a healthy eater. I recommend her courses to anyone with a desire to improve their health, their cooking, or if they have food sensitivities. You'll love it!
  • Kimi W. May 21, 2014
    Working With Rachel Was Such A pleasure. She always made class fun, interesting and and packed with great food. She really showed you how easy it could be to be a chef in the kitchen. The fact that everything she prepared was organic And Fresh Helped U to see how Attainable good eating Really is. She should have her own Organic cooking show on the Food Network.... That's where Miss Rachel really belongs.
  • Cynthia B. May 20, 2014
    It's because of Rachel that I changed the way that I cook and eat. I was already on my way to a healthier lifestyle when I took both of Rachel's five-week courses at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts: Whole Foods Cuisine I and II, in addition to singleton courses on various cooking themes. It was in these classes that I learned to cook ahead and keep my kitchen stocked with healthy, whole foods at all times. I have gone on to show others techniques that I learned from her. I continue to cook from The Garden of Eating and The Ice Dream Cookbooks and to use the skills I acquired in her classes three years ago. Finally, the community of people that has grown out of Rachel's classes is phenomenal.
  • Alicia Y. May 18, 2014
    I learned so much about healthy eating and cooking with Chef Rachel. It improved greatly how I prepare and store foods for my family. I loved her class so much that I have volunteered with her in order to learn more and hosted and cooking class in my home for 10 of my friends!
  • Ronda S. May 18, 2014
    Chef Rachel is a genius when it comes to meal planning and prep in the kitchen. She has inspired me so much with her healthy (clean and green) food tips. She is professional and takes a personal interest in her students. She radiates positivity and instills confidence while teaching how to prepare and love cooking healthful food. I've enjoyed several private lessons with Rachel and hope to schedule more soon. She is amazing - so worth the investment!
  • Lexi D. May 17, 2014
    I was a student apprentice with Rachel in 2008. Rachel was the most inspiring and knowledgable nutrition coach I had ever met. I was so excited to meet her and I immediately wanted to follow in her footsteps. I started out in her classes learning recipes and kitchen skills. She taught us knife safety, how to use a vitamix, food safety and proper preparation and storage of meats. She also took us shopping and educated us on her selections. I then became an apprentice to her personal chef training program. I went on to have my own small personal chef service called Urban Vitality. I still hear Rachel in my head telling me not to graze while in the kitchen cooking. I hear her telling me to stand facing the cutting board centered and grounded. All of her food preparation tips I still use today, even as I cook for my family. I could go on and on about how Rachel inspired me. She is an excellent healthy chef and very educational teacher. I highly recommend her services.
  • Gina H. May 16, 2014
    Rachel Albert made consistently outstanding use of hours scheduled. She came well prepared every time. What exceeded this performance was her extensive knowledge of nutrition and whole food cooking as she greatly helped her students to become better aware of the benefit they and their family members could derive from the newly acquired knowledge. I observed this as one of her students and volunteers over the course of more than two years.
  • Judy C. May 16, 2014
    I attended a cooking class at the Desert Botanical Gardens. It was so much fun. Not only was the food great tasting and easy to make, Chef Rachel kept passing out little nuggets of cooking wisdom all during class. looking forward to the next class with her!
  • Vivian J. May 16, 2014
    Outstanding! I've taking Chef Rachel's classes and Private class also. She is very passionate at what she does and She definitely made me like cooking and baking again. I enjoyed cooking with her and learning daily healthy cooking tips and recipes. I highly recommend Chef Rachel Albert.
  • Tara I. May 16, 2014
    I cannot express how amazing it is to learn from Chef Rachel. She is creative, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. She not only teaches you how to cook but how to store, clean and all sorts of other tips that you may have never even thought about in order to make it easy! She is a true educator and I am realizing after writing this review that I need to have another class with her soon!
  • Pat F. Jan 20, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    The experience was great. She was very thoughtful and professional. The food was extremely well planned and the tastes were amazing. She is a wealth of nutritional and health information.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a voracious reader. I read cookbooks, nutrition books, magazines, and blogs. I regularly test recipes from cookbooks that I review and I watch to see what other people in the food/health/cooking industry are doing to make healthy, delicious and beautiful food.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
For Dinner Parties: $75/person (minimum 5 people) or $50/hour + food costs. For Private Cheffing: 50/hour + food costs. For Group and Private Cooking Classes & Cooking Parties: 1 to 3 people $350 Party for 4 to 6 people $475 7-8 $575 per person 9 or more people $75/person 10 or more paying people You attend free as the host or hostess! For a 3 hour Kitchen Coaching Session or Healthy Shopping Tour: $300 For Nutrition/Health/Cooking Coaching By Phone: 1 hour session $125 3 (1 hour) sessions $250 6 (1 hour) sessions $500 10 (1 hour) sessions $700 For 60 minute Corporate Lunch & Learns with sampling of 2 to 3 recipes: $250 per demonstration + $3 to $4/person for food and supplies For 90 to 120 minute presentations with 4 to 6 dishes: $250 per event + $5 to $10/person for food and supplies Note: I charge $25/hour for driving time to go to clients who live more than a 30 minute drive (one way) from central Phoenix (Arcadia area)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up on processed, packaged foods, and soda. As a result, I suffered from hypoglycemia, constipation, acne, PMS, and depression, and I developed a weight problem in my early teens. Ongoing health issues, along with food sensitivities, led me to discover the nutritious world of whole foods and a produce and protein-rich diet. I learned to cook with natural ingredients and without wheat, dairy, corn, or refined sugar. I am now the culinary tour guide for others that I always wanted for myself. I wanted to share what I learned with others because it made such a difference in my life and because I love to work and play with food.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Group classes in locations around the valley, in home cooking parties, private one on one and small group cooking classes, lunch and learn classes for businesses, presentations to groups that want to learn more about healthy cooking and eating, work with people who are motivated by a health concern to change their diets.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently went in to a senior living community to do a healthy cooking demonstration and luncheon. The woman who hired me wanted to bring people in from the surrounding area. She created a press release and flyer and promoted the event. She was thrilled with the number of RSVPs, with the audience participation, and with the food and my presentation. My class had the best attendance of any of their events. She was happy to give me a referral and to be a reference for me.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Read about the chef's background and experience. Does the person look healthy? Do you want to look like him or her? Does s/he offer what you are looking for? If you want to learn how to be lean, trim, and energetic, hire a cooking instructor and chef who has these attributes. If you have health challenges, hire someone skilled in preparing the kinds of foods and meals you are looking for.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish people knew how much time and energy goes into planning, shopping, packing, prepping, setting up, and cleaning up for a cooking class, cooking party, demonstration, or cooking day. There is so much behind the scenes time involved.