Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Wasabi.
Pamela, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got pregnant and at the same time diagnosed with a thyroid condition that could have been very harmful for my baby and my life. The doctors told me there was only one solution that of taking prescription medication, and no way to heal, cure or put my condition into remission. I thought otherwise and started looking for an alternative way to understand what was going on with my body. I pursued a certification in nutrition and that course changed my outlook on my condition, my health, and the responsibility needed to fulfill my wellbeing.
The answer lay on the food, energy, and way I was feeding myself. And so, I started cooking most of my meals, demanding quality and ethically sourced foods, and in doing so, I balanced my thyroid, got rid of the medication, and had a successful birth. Since then, I have not stopped cooking!
Following the birth, I changed my career and entered the world of the restaurant industry. I took several courses at Matthew Kenney’s culinary academy to polish my skills, and after that my career took flight.
After working at different restaurants, hosting private dinners and working as private chef, I opened my current wholesale business. I now distribute a line of plant based and gluten free baked goods to 50+ stores in Miami.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The restaurant industry is not your typical 9-5 job. It is pretty demanding, and in a way, you fall in love with its challenging ways. The schedules are tough at times, and we can lose sight of our personal lives by giving it all out for the business. However, the great challenge is to find balance, stay centered, and be able to juggle a business, your personal life and a family at the same time.
Although, I do can say it’s been smooth, because I’ve enjoyed entirely the whole journey.
I love what I do and where it has taken me, and I think that pursuing your passion and devotion makes any road delightful.
Please tell us about Pamela Wasabi.
I have a wholesale line of plant based baked goods. My approach to my baking is to achieve perfection in this realm without the need of wheat, gluten, eggs or dairy. There is no “taste like a vegan cookie” statement acceptable when it comes to my food.
Because the main ingredients for traditional baking are absent in my cooking, it doesn’t mean they are still needed in mine. By creating my recipes from scratch, and thus studying traditional ways of working and achieving perfect baking, I’m very proud to have to created baked goods that can be enjoyable by anyone. Everyone can enjoy of my food either if you have a health condition, allergy restriction, or simply looking to nourish your sweet heart.
I also have a background in holistic nutrition, and psychology of eating, so before even creating a recipe my mind is in a different perspective and I have a different vision of what I want to achieve with my food. I don’t count calories, sugar grams, or label my food as “free this” and “free that”, because my approach is to invite everyone to relate to food in an intuitive way, instead of blindly trusting labels, we should be able to recognize wholesome ingredients and quality and have those be the standards for our food choices. My background helps me shift from a restricted cooking recipe, to an overload of beautiful ingredients and wholesome recipes that simply provide nourishing qualities.
I’m very happy to have made out of a hobby a full-on business that’s focused on community, food education, and culture. –Artist must be business minds too!
I’m also a published author to book, “Nourished, The Plant Based Path to Health and Happiness” which talks about our relationship with food, subject which I love speaking about during my workshops and presentations in Miami.
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- Address: 860 NE 79th St., Suite B
- Website: www.pamelawasabi.com
- Phone: 3055887301
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/pamelawasabi
- Facebook: facebook.com/pamelawasabi
- Twitter: twitter.com/pamelawasabi
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