French Gourmet Chef Florence Bertheau
For more than 20 years, chef Flo cooked for her many students and celebrity clients the way she had learned in her native France, rich in butter and creamy sauces, heavy on meats, eggs and dairy. Then a paradigm shift happened. She began to see how certain foods had a profoundly positive effect on the health of her autistic daughter and on Flo herself. She created her own food pyramid based on three principles: Vegan, gluten-free and alkaline pH-balanced. Menus began evolving. Flo started using dense plant-based hypo-allergenic foods such as sprouted grains, nuts, vegetarian proteins, fresh greens and produce from local farms.
Flo was determined to use this shift to help others receive the dietary components needed to achieve health through food. With her 25 years of culinary expertise and love for how food tastes, she put weekly meals together to fill the need to achieve a more balanced way of eating that was convenient and cost a fraction of health food store prices.
Flo’s journey of ‘health through food’ balances her company values of fresh and raw food nutrition with social and environmental consciousness; being aware of how what we eat affects the earth and all animals that live on it. Purchasing seasonal and local, she is able to provide the best quality products that are cost efficient, reduce the carbon footprint, all cooked with the intention for your good health.
“I started making small changes, the slightest switches; those changes became strong habits. I started making it my ambition to locate recipes to eat healthy, wholesome foods. I seek strength, health and longevity and want the same for my clients.”
In addition to her private chef work, Flo continues to cater small to large-scale events and teaches classes privately, on-line and at Surfas in Culver City. Her celebrity clientele includes such names as, Billy Crystal, Ted Turner, Larry King, Larry David, Marisa Tomei, David Geffen.