Amy Chaplin is a vegetarian chef who has, over the last 18 years, worked on three continents and in four cities including Amsterdam, London, Sydney and New York.
Chaplin, a native Australian was raised in rural, New South Wales on a whole foods diet by vegetarian parents. Relying on their organic garden for ingredients, all the meals her parents prepared were focused around the season and what was available in the garden, a principle Amy continues to this day.
Amy landed in New York City to work as a private chef and teach seasonal, vegetarian cooking classes in 1999. Four years later, she joined Angelica Kitchen as pastry chef and within a year was promoted to executive chef. While there she was invited to teach a “Vegetarian Thanksgiving” cooking class at Macy’s annual De Gustibus series.
Amy has been a contributor for Delicious Living Magazine, Readers Digest’s Best You and Rodale’s online magazine. Her “Spring Cleanse” was published in New York Magazine’s strategist column. Amy has spoken at numerous events on the topic of planet-based cuisine, such as at NOFA New Jersey at Rutgers University, The Baum Forum, Global Green Expo, Columbia Presbyterian and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also developed Angelica Kitchen’s first packaged product that was featured in The New York Times.
Amy has appeared twice as a guest on WNYC radio’s Last Chance Foods hosted by Amy Eddings, and is a featured chef on Holly Hickman’s website Sustainable Suppers.
Currently, Amy teaches and cooks privately for clients that include, among others, Natalie Portman and Anna Deavere Smith. She also consults and develops recipes for restaurants and food companies. Amy’s blog, Coconut and Quinoa shares original, seasonal recipes and health tips. She is the featured Greens and Grains columnist for Poetry of Food.
Prior to moving to New York, Amy was a chef at Shizen, a Japanese macrobiotic restaurant in Amsterdam and a pastry chef at Amsterdam’s famous bakery “De Taart Van M’n Tante,” where she helped create a new line of catering products. In London Amy founded The Lekker Lounge, a catering company specializing in gourmet vegetarian and vegan food. The Lekker Lounge’s wheat and dairy free cakes were featured in both British Vogue and BBC’s Good Food magazine.
Martha Stewart Living magazine featured 8 pages of Amy’s recipes along with a profile of her and her pantry in an article titled Goddess of Healthy Delights in the January 2012 issue.
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