Teresa Cutter is one of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and the founder of The Healthy Chef. Healthy Chef is a company that creates purely delicious functional foods for optimum health + wellbeing. We use organic and natural wholefoods and pride ourselves on developing quality that will inspire a deeper commitment to healthy living. A change in diet can bring about a change in health.
Teresa is a qualified chef, nutritionalist and internationally accredited fitness trainer with Fitness Institute of Australia with an interest in sports nutrition, weight loss, optimum health and changing the way we eat .
As the CEO of her brand “the healthy chef” her commitment to health and wellbeing through the use of quality nutritious ingredients is paramount. Teresa’s philosophy has always been to keep her food as pure and natural as possible, free from preservatives, artificial ingredients and fillers. Her dishes have been designed for people who love food, who love to eat and who have made a conscious decision to maximize their health and wellbeing.
Teresa is a classically French trained chef and her natural talent and passion for food was rewarded early on in her career winning Apprentice Of The Year two years running, followed by a Gold Medal at the Salon Cullinare.
Teresa is the author of five healthy cookbooks Bite Me, The anti-ageing cookbook, Fit Food and her latest releases called “The 80/20 diet” + “101 Ways to Lose Weight”.
Teresa writes a nutritional based food column with health based recipes for the Sun Herald as well as Women’s Fitness, Men’s Fitness + House & Garden magazine and has a solid grounding as a TV celebrity chef appearing on numerous cooking segments with sunrise, today show and ACA.
Teresa has detailed knowledge on food trends and seasonal produce as well as specialised diets that include food intolerances, sports nutrition, weight loss and general health and wellbeing. She has worked with numerous companies including Blackmores, Horticultural Australia, BSc Body Science, The Health Department of Western Australia, Kamalaya Health Resort, Empire Clinic, weight watches, Safcol and Vitamix, helping improve the health and wellbeing of individuals. She is hands on and has a pro-active role in new product and menu development following the entire menu development process from designing seasonal dishes, to writing and testing the recipes and training chefs.
Teresa likes to keep active with kickboxing, submission wrestling and road cycling, combined with regular workouts in the gym. Competitive by nature, she placed second in the Australian National fitness figure body shaping (NABBA) and also won Silver for Road cycling in the South West Games WA.
ME AND OLIVER STONE AT THE GYM – NOT ONLY IS HE A GENIUS - HE’S SUPER FIT !
When people ask me how I got into all of this, what influenced my love of cooking and what got me started on my own little health crusade, I sometimes feel a little silly telling them how young I was when it all began. I started helping out in my aunt’s kitchen when I was about four years old and embarked on my health crusade when I was nine years old!
My great aunt was a good cook and baker; she would be mixing cakes by hand with a wooden spoon and churning out babka and sernik on a weekly basis for our Polish family and friends. I would watch her and help out in the kitchen – she would get me to sift the flour, prepare all the ingredients and shape piroshki with my little fingers. This was the beginning of my love of cooking.
Food was a big deal in our household: always extra large portions and second helpings coated with lots of butter. At the age of nine, I realised I was overweight. A group of high school students were doing some sort of survey and they recorded the weight and height of our class. I was shocked to discover that I was the heaviest in the class – about 10–15 kg (22–33 lb) more than most of my classmates. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. It changed my life forever and was the inspiration for what I do today.
The very next day I remember asking mum to buy more fruits and vegetables for me to eat and to buy a healthier cereal with fibre and less sugar like rolled oats for breakfast. I remember refusing deep-fried foods, which forced Mum into practicing healthier cooking methods with our meals. Instead of catching the school bus, I began to walk to school. It was only a 15 minute walk though town and quite pleasant. From then on, I’d walk straight past the deli after school instead of popping in and buying bagfuls of mixed lollies or ice creams, as I used to do every day.
I’d never really participated in much sport, but I can remember enrolling myself in the school netball and basketball teams and trying out all sorts of fun school sports when we had carnivals. My aunt and uncle bought me my first bike and encouraged me regularly to go riding with them. They were about 58 year’s old at the time, had never owned a car and used to ride their bikes or walk everywhere they went. I think their example inspired my later love of bicycle racing.
I remember watching shows like the Richard Simmons show on school holidays and joining in with the exercises. I also experimented with the healthy recipes they made on the show. I made my first egg white omelette and remember showing mum that if you drain the juices from a roast chook and put them in the refrigerator, you’ll be able to skim off all the excess saturated fat and make a delicious gravy just by thickening the juices with a little cornflour (cornstarch). It was my favourite show.
Without realising it, I had lost all the excess fat within a year. I felt great! I felt fit and healthy for the first time. I could move around freely and not puff and pant. I was eating healthy and exercising regularly, and as a result was so happy and full of energy.
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