Lauren Von Der Pool
Lauren Von Der Pool glows with the radiance of someone who has tapped into the secret of wonderful health. She’s slender, beautiful and self-assured. Rapidly gaining international acclaim as a chef renowned for her exotic, vegan and raw food cuisine, Lauren has attracted a celebrity clientele.
At the age of 16, she read books introducing her to new ideas, new ways of thinking and new ways of being. Her reading list included Heal Thyself for Health & Longevity by Queen Afua; In the Meantime: Finding Yourself & the Love You Want by Iyanla VanZant; and The Raw Life: Becoming Natural in an Unnatural World by Paul Nison. When she learned about the impact of nutrition, she decided to transform.
“I became a raw foodist, a vegan,” Lauren explains. “I wanted my whole life to change.”
And change it did. She began experimenting with foods at home. Just 16, she launched her own business, selling her homemade raw food treats in front of local universities in Washington, DC, including Howard, George Washington and Georgetown.
Lauren knew food was her calling. She enrolled in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Los Angeles and earned an apprenticeship with legendary restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck. She’s also worked with Martin Yan (“Yan Can Cook”) and has studied in Paris. She counts celebrities and professional athletes among her elite personal chef clientele. Her A-list catering events include the Oscars, Grammys, American Music Awards and BET Honors.
Today, at age 27, she owns her own catering and personal chef business, Von Der Pool Gourmet. Through her nonprofit organization, Healthy Living Services, Inc., Lauren teaches inner-city kids about nutrition, how to grow their own food and how to prepare gourmet vegan meals on a budget, and is collaborating with First Lady Michelle Obama in the fight against childhood obesity.
Lauren will be sharing her experiences with nutrition and healthy food preparation at The WE Conference™ as a panelist discussing Nutrition for the Empowered Woman.
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