Chef Perry Perkins, founder of hautemealz.com, laments the lack of food intelligence in the American kitchen. “We are talking about people who are getting used to having their peanut butter and jelly in the same jar. Pardon the graphic image, but that’s just two doors down from soylent green (youtube.com/watch?v=K_MOt4_e3e8),” Perkins says.
Not wanting to seem neutral but also not wanting to come across as a zealot, Chef Perry believes that the best way to combat big food corporate’s unproven experimentation on our food supply is to take control back, "by teaching people how to cook again using real, whole ingredients." According to Perkins and one of his partners, Chef Terry Ramsey, if people know how to use and cook the food that is available to them locally, then they won’t be lemmings for whatever the food industry is peddling.
And by supporting local farmers' markets, people will ensure a steady supply of quality, local produce, the men add.
HauteMealz is a $5 monthly meal planning service that provides busy people with stupid-proof menu plans. Plans come in a variety of serving sizes and are designed specifically to meet various dietary needs. There is a regular menu, a diabetic menu, a light menu, and a gluten free menu. The company, made up of Chef Perry, Chef Terry Ramsey, and Chef Chris Renner, is less concerned about keeping up with every diet fad and more interested in teaching busy people how to cook delicious, quick, healthy meals with real, whole food. "We want to get families back around the dinner table, eating real meals together," Perkins says.
In this tutorial Chef Perry teaches us how to safely hold and use a knife to chop food while leaving fingers in tact!