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Herb Mesa

The Flavors of Herb Mesa

Herb Mesa is a real life success story and an inspiration to anyone who struggles with achieving a healthy lifestyle. He is a restaurant-trained chef, and a self-taught healthy cuisine chef, as well as a certified personal trainer and fitness guru. Herb teaches that through taking the time to learn the language of ‘balance through food and fitness’, anyone can become their personal best.

As a first generation American of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents living in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Herb grew up on the flavors of the Caribbean. But with these richly intense flavors also came saturated fat, calorie-rich food and large portions. This, combined with a less than ideal focus on physical activity, caused Herb to struggle with his weight for many years.

Starting his career in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher, Herb worked his way up to chef and, later, executive positions such as Director of Catering and Assistant General Manager at luxury hotels. As his professional success flourished, his weight rose and his energy level suffered. He decided for his own health, and for the health of his family, he had to make a change.

With help from his family, Herb became a certified personal trainer and nutrition & wellness consultant and worked at a local family gym. He started a small business in 2003, The Energy Chef, with which he taught clients, corporate groups and gym members how to make satisfying, nutritious dishes and incorporate exercise into their lives.

Herb now works as a personal chef, restaurant consultant and personal trainer in Atlanta. He specializes in preparing innovative and creative meals using distinctive culinary ideas for health-conscious individuals and families.

Most recently, Herb was featured as a finalist on the Food Network’s premier reality cooking competition, The Next Food Network Star, where his excitement, enthusiasm and motivation for a healthy lifestyle shone more than ever. Beating the odds and changing people’s lives proves that Herb truly is a star.

Find Herb’s recipes here orclick here to visit Herb Mesa on Facebook.