Emily Hersh is a young chef living in New York City. At just 22, she received national attention when she appeared on the food competition series on FOX, Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns with Gordon Ramsay. She was the only professionally trained vegetarian chef competing on the series.
NEW YORK CITY MILLENNIAL CHEF
DEVELOPING A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
Chef Hersh discovered her love of cooking healthy during her own wellness and body positivity struggles. A dancer most of her life and on the competitive collegiate dance team, Emily was a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin when she was diagnosed with anorexia and binge eating.
She told the San Antonio Current, “Through my eating disorder recovery journey I became intensely passionate about food. I am incredibly thankful for my struggle because through it, I discovered my career. Through recovery, I slowly started to become curious about food again.
THE SELF-HELP CHEF COOKS ON YOUTUBE
A champion for a positive relationship with food as it relates to self-care and self-love, Emily created the The Self-Help Chef series on YouTube. Together with a line-up of guests that include wellness experts and foodie friends, the candid conversations focus around mental, physical and spiritual health, all while cooking delicious plant-based dishes.
Schooled in nutrition-minded cooking with a strong focus on whole foods and wellness, Emily teaches cooking classes and does private cheffing. Her vegetarian dishes Spicy Eggplant Hot Dogs with Succotash and Goat Cheese Garnish, Sesame Chickpea Bowl, and Three Bean Chili Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, are all taste-tested and approved by her meat-eating Dad.
A lead recipe developer for the popular natural food company Nature’s Eats, Emily recently collaborated with multi-Grammy winning rapper and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl McDaniels of rundmc. The two crafted a gluten-free almond flour-based cookie with no processed ingredients.
Emily partnered with three influential women in the thriving New York food scene. The dynamic foursome launched Pure Grit, a vegan BBQ joint in NYC.