Jake began eating organic food and using sustainable products when he was eighteen years old while attending his first undergraduate school in Newark, New Jersey. He had to drive an hour each way to a small health food store run by a Jamaican guy in order to find them. That time in his life began a discipline that has stuck with him ever since. Jake always tries to find and support individuals and companies that are leading the way to a more holistic way of growing, packaging, and distributing food.
A series of photos from the autumn harvest at an organic farm in Central Maine
Jake has worked as an assistant chef, bar manager, and head chef at many renowned organic/sustainable restaurants and spiritual retreat centers in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Jake has also been the kitchen manager/head chef for several educational organizations that work with at-risk urban youth.
Thus, he has been able to directly impact the lives of thousands of children and adults by providing them with wholesome organic meals, natural cooking classes, and an introduction to organic gardening.
Jake believes that everyone has the right to be fed. In 1998 while living in Ottawa, Canada, he began making sandwiches for homeless people and delivering them on his bike. Later, in Miami and San Francisco, he took the leftovers from restaurants that he worked for and distributed them to homeless people after his shifts. To this day, feeding our homeless friends and neighbors is a vital calling in Jake’s life.
Some of the restaurants and organizations that he has worked with are:
Hollyhock Retreat Centre, Power of Hope Camps, The City Kids Wilderness Project, Millennium Restaurant, La Serrania Retreat Centre, Raw, The Grunewald Guild, Café Gratitude, The Ashland Creek Inn, and The Aubergine Orchard.
Contact Jake if your organization wants him to cater a special event or you want him to do a full service seasonal dinner at your home.
*Whatever the occasion, Jake will create a menu that pleases your appetite and honors the event.