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Erika Laurion 

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Sarah C.
1d ago

We hired Erika to conduct an interactive cooking class for our daughters 16th birthday. Erika was great with the girls and they all had an amazing time - all while learning to cook and about nutrition. Erika created a menu that was teenage friendly so the girls would really enjoy the food and experience.

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Born and raised in Tehran, Chef Kami brings his authentic knowledge of Middle Eastern cuisine to every carefully curated dish. For the past ten years, Chef Kami has been cooking up creative and delicious dishes in the New York City area. He has worked in a wide variety of restaurants, and is a partner in a private event and catering company known for its high-end cuisine and mixology. He currently serves as the head chef at Habitas, a New York City member’s club in the heart of Manhattan. 

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Menu Consultation

Private Health Chef & Nutritionist


Today, more than ever before, your customers understand that their food choices affect their lives. They are fit, informed, and discerning.  They want food that is healthy and nutritious, without sacrificing flavor or excitement.  
Your restaurant, hotel, or B&B has the opportunity to enhance its offerings by providing food that is as enticing as it is nourishing. Let Chef Erika help you become a leader in this fast moving industry.
Erika works with food providers to develop menus that are compatible with a growing market of consumers who demand healthy and exciting alternatives.  
Perhaps your current offerings need only a slight adjustment or a more health savvy vocabulary. Maybe you are interested in building a new menu that speaks to today’s exciting trends. Whatever your needs are, Erika has the knowledge, creativity and the skill set to work within your budget and your branding.  She will work with your team to make your cuisine distinctive, modern and delicious.

Erika received her Masters from the Institute of Human Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She is certified by the Board for Nutrition Specialists and licensed by the New York State Education Department.
Erika will do a thorough evaluation of your health and goals to help you develop new eating habits that are compatible with your lifestyle.  Whether you want to learn about healthy eating and how to prepare simple meals or just want whole foods to compliment an overall healthy lifestyle, her program will take you through all the steps-- from planning, to shopping, cooking and serving a fabulous meal.  Erika works with individuals, both adults and children, as well as families, who are looking to make lasting positive changes in how they eat. She understands that there are many challenges to eating well, and her focus is on providing solutions for you that work.

Chef Erika strives to create an individualized sophisticated and earthy dining experience. Whether it's a surprise birthday, baby shower, sweet sixteen, bachelor/ette party, or anything in between, a unique menu will be designed and executed, leaving you to enjoy the event with your guests. If you prefer, she will guide you in your cooking adventure, and teach you how to wow your guests with your new found cooking prowess.

Her cuisine is inspired by her Swiss and French Canadian roots and by her passion for nutritious and delicious locally sourced ingredients. The outcome is an exquisite presentation, so tasty that your guests won't believe it is actually healthy for them. 

Erika's chef services cover the Hudson Valley, the Catskill Mountains area, the Berkshires, part of Connecticut and New York City

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"52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp"

Private Chef 

Cooking Instructor 

Erika is the Private Health Chef and Nutritionist for Escape to Shape Destination Detox retreat, a 7-day fun-filled approach to intense transformation, combining fitness & nutrition. The next retreat is in Todos santos Mexico February 15th 2020 and we will have more    in beautiful & charming Hudson, NY and worldwide. 

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Erika is also the Health chef for the Renew-Breakup-Bootcamp by Amy Chan.

Join us May1-4 2020, see more info at:

Erika is the Health Chef and Nutritionist for GroundSea Fitness.

Join us May 11, 2020
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"My family has had our meals for dinner several nights so far – we’ve been putting the veggie burgers over a bed of the kale/cabbage mix you gave us, which honestly is just as fulfilling as a bun. And my dad is not a big sweet dessert person, so he said he enjoyed our French apple custard tart even more than traditional apple pie! (Lucky for him, we have more apples and another pie crust... [Smile] )I just wanted to thank you for all the instructions and tips you gave me -- I’ve been going around these past few days telling my family to put down the plastic water bottles and advising them that “maybe it just needs a little salt”. I feel much more confident and knowledgeable as a cook and as someone trying to live healthier, and what’s more, I genuinely had such a fun time! I hope to meet you again sometime!!

Brielle M. on January 17th 2020

"Chef Erika cooked for a retreat I organized. Our communication and planning were straightforward. The menus were delicious and imaginative.  No one reached for salt or pepper - every dish was just right and full of flavor.  The person worried about the food being too hot was surprised that it was OK for her; the one with digestive problems had no trouble.  There were blueberries in the kale salad, there was a cake with plums and ginger, or one with hazelnuts and chocolate.  The meal set-up was convenient and everything went smoothly with Erika's way of working! I cannot recommend her highly enough! "  

Jeanne SMD. on July 31, 2018