Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

How Brooklyn Chef Brings Raw Foods to Life

June 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Brooklyn chef Neal Harden has a passion for raw, plant-based cuisine that's all natural and he brings that passion to his head chef position at Maimonides of Brooklyn (also known as M.O.B.). Supporting healthy lifestyles and community food economies, his focus is on developing delicious meals using fresh, organic, and bio-dynamic food from local providers.

With more than ten years of experience and education in the culinary arts, Chef Neal specializes in raw foods, vegan and vegetarian cuisine, healing and whole foods, and gluten-free cooking. But, what makes his vegetarian cooking so different from what other restaurants serve? With his focus being on fruits and vegetables and not meat substitutes, his cuisine is delectable enough to strike a cord with traditional carnivores as well. Rather than relying on soy powders, he uses real, fresh ingredients from local markets. According to Chef Neal at M.O.B., "we source what we can locally, which means greenhouse lettuce and a heap of potatoes and beets around March. We have some set menu items but leave room for seasonal changes so we can use ephemeral ingredients without feeling constricted."

Chef Neal and M.O.B. uses and sells locally produced items like honey and maple syrup. They also use organic products like flour, soy, corn, and other ingredients with everything being non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). They even provide gluten-free bread upon request. Chef Neal has recreated traditional brunch flavors in many creative ways, explaining, "We make a biscuit sandwich with tomato, avocado and smoked, thinly sliced, marinated eggplant that gives you the smoky sensation of bacon; spicy, coarse Cayuga Pure Organics grits with shiitake mushroom sauce and kale; and an apple wood-smoked sausage with chickpea flour, shiitake mushroom and white sweet potato. The potato is cut into pieces to resemble bits of fat. It's very aesthetic and textural."

Chef Neal was drawn to Maimonides of Brooklyn because of their core premise that "no disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means." That is what they strive to do: bring people together by making food "medicine" for the body and soul.

After graduating in 2005 from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, Neal became the Executive Chef of Pure Food and Wine in New York, a fine dining vegan food restaurant. Since that time, Neal has learned cooking techniques from other cultures, traveling the United States, Bali, Tokyo, and Paris.

He's been featured on The Learning Channel and in numerous publications, plus he's a contributor to the cookbooks Living Raw Food and New York Cooks: 100 Recipes from the City's Best Chefs.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Brooklyn Chef

,

Restaurant In Brooklyn

,

Brooklyn Food

,

Raw Foods

,

Brooklyn Chef Brings

,

Chef Neal Harden

Summer is a great time for crock pot recipes. It may be hot and humid outside, but you still need to make dinner for you and your family. You can’t barbecue every day. The weather won’t let you.

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Crockpot Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 220

My favorite meal of the day has always been breakfast. Nothing beats the cooking odors emanating from the kitchen in the morning. Fresh brewed coffee and sizzling bacon are two of the most

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 269

My first bratwurst was grilled and on a bun. That’s all it took to supplant polish sausage as my new number one. Luckily I’m part German, so there is no Polish guilt. I now try to incorporate

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 342

Football season is upon us once again. Whether you are a fan or a disgruntled spouse, there is no reason you can't have an enjoyable day stuffing your face. Walk away from the processed frozen

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 443

Crock pot recipes are perfect for football Sunday. When you wake up in the morning, just set up the crock pot with your favorite appetizer, barbecue or Sunday dinner and it will be ready to eat

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Crockpot Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 220

Navy beans (as in most other beans) are high in dietary fiber which means it will help you feel full faster because they are so high in fiber. They are high in folate, magnesium, thiamin, iron, and

By: Jaya Patel l Food and Drink > Soups l July 13, 2012 lViews: 244

"Red says city", as New York Times says. Red Restaurant is a smallish ground floor building, with a surprisingly old-school European style door and two low windows adorned with red geraniums, at 47

By: Andrea A Rosianl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl July 01, 2012 lViews: 225

Personally, finding the right restaurant to eat in (except using a 2-4-1 voucher for the local Italian) is a hard task in Brighton. I am quite particular when it comes to spending my money on

By: Francesca Coppolal Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 28, 2012 lViews: 181

Hagemeister Park is a the newest restaurant to open in Downtown, Green Bay, WI. Read all about the decor, food and service.

By: Patricia Summerfieldl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 25, 2012 lViews: 182

The summer months in Green Bay, Wisconsin bring on the outdoor patios. Check out Ogan Restaurant's beautiful outdoor patio. Read the latest bar review on their drinks, service and atmosphere.

By: Elysia Diazl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 25, 2012 lViews: 164

One of Brooklyn's most fun, inviting restaurants in Brooklyn for fusion food; Chance is the star of Smith Street. Boasting a dark glass entryway surrounded by tall dark windows, the entrance leads to

By: Johanne Thomasl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 22, 2012 lViews: 185

Travelling has always been exciting especially if the place you're headed is a new place to you. And one of the most preferred foreign countries to visit would be Seoul, South Korea. This is because

By: Boyd Carpenterl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 22, 2012 lViews: 155

One of Brooklyn's most fun, inviting restaurants in Brooklyn for fusion food; Chance is the star of Smith Street. Boasting a dark glass entryway surrounded by tall dark windows, the entrance leads to

By: Johanne Thomasl Food and Drink > Restaurant Reviewsl June 22, 2012 lViews: 185

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus