Contributing Chefs and Nutritionists
Carole Ortenzo is a certified personal chef, through the United States Personal Chef Association, and a health-supportive educator. Prior to becoming a chef, she had a 25-year Army career, during which time she served as a board-certified general surgeon and a medical administrator. During her years in the Army she developed a profound appreciation for the role of prevention in overall health. As her military career drew to a close, her interest in preventing disease and her love of cooking led her to a second career as a chef specializing in health-supportive cooking and education. To support this career change, she completed rigorous chefs’ training programs at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York as well as the Culinary Business Academy in New Mexico.
She specializes in health-supportive cooking, based on whole, natural, fresh, organic, and in-season ingredients. She has traveled to Bulgaria to assist in opening the first health-food (and non-smoking) restaurant in the Balkins. Today she operates a personal chef business in Pittsburgh preparing delicious, healthy meals that are customized to the clients’ tastes and dietary needs. She also teaches health-supportive cooking classes. She donates a portion of the proceeds from this business to organizations that promote safer, more nutritious foods and honest food labeling as well as other charitable groups that specialize in animal rights, the environment, and local issues.