Meet The Chef
|Cristina Carolan (Chef Veggie) loves to share with others the joy that comes from eating wonderful and healthy meals. As a former Army brat with a Tennessee-bred father and Filipino mother, she has traveled the globe and enjoyed exotic food both inside and outside the home. Watching her grandmother cut veggies into small uniform pieces and carefully rolling Lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) helped her realize that making great food takes time and love. While in college, she learned more about the role food plays in the environment and global economy. Diet For a New America by John Robbins and a vegetarian ecology instructor inspired her to make the change. She is a proponent of meat-free, organic, locally grown foods and the green lifestyle.
Cristina has been a vegetarian for almost 15 years. She has lived on 3 of the Hawaiian islands and has extensive background in cooking tropical and ethnic foods. Her time in a Vaisnava temple ashrama led her to cooking Indian feasts for 200 people on Sundays. Making delicious meals has been a part of her daily life since 1999. Chef Veggie Personal Chef Service was started in 2007.
As the mother of a spirited 7 year old, she knows the importance of family mealtime and the wellbeing it creates for our loved ones. She hopes that she can make that easier by providing tasty and healthy meals for you to enjoy in the comfort of home.
BS Environmental Studies + Biology - Baylor University (1999)
Volunteer at Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet in Honolulu, Hawaii (1999-2000)
Host/Chef for the San Antonio Vegetarian Society's
9 course Indian feast for over 50 attendees
Vegetarian Feast twice a month for 8-10 guests (2004-2006)
Volunteer for Food For Life (Global Vegetarian Food Relief)
Recipe published in Vegan Family Favorites
(Mango Avocado Love Salad)
Member of American Personal & Private Chef Association
Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from T.C. Campbell Foundation at eCornell
ServeSafe Certified Food Protection Manager #5758302 by National
Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
* Vegetarian Network Of Austin member
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