Life Chef | Writer | Culinary Educator
Chef/Journalist Asata Reid started the culinary-education programs of Life Chef to help fill the gap between what you should be eating and the dilemma of how to eat healthfully. Life Chef is making the world a healthier place, one plate at a time. Join Chef Asata in the delicious, life-affirming revolution where we cook with joy, dine with pleasure and celebrate life!
Chef Asata completed her degree in Culinary Arts from the International School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2000, and has been a professional chef for nearly a decade in some of Atlanta’s top-rated restaurants and in luxurious private homes. The list of notable restaurants where she has practiced her culinary artistry includes Dish Restaurant, the Food Studio and Nikolai’s Roof (both recipients of the AAA Four Diamond Award) and the vegan restaurant Lush. Asata has also catered through Bold American Catering and with an upscale staffing company for private estates in Atlanta. As a private chef, Asata specialized in healthful creations and the specific dietary needs and wants of her high-end clientele. Asata teaches cooking classes for youth and adults at the Viking School and The Cooks Warehouse in Atlanta. She has been a member of the Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op in Atlanta since 2006, where she teaches the monthly What’s Cooking natural food cooking classes since 2008. Asata has lead monthly Life Chef classes at St. Philip AME Church in Atlanta and has been a regular contributor to food-based websites www.EatLocalAmerica.coop and www.FoodBuzz.com. She currently furthers the Meatless Monday revolution by contributing to www.BET.com’s Health section, and promotes food activism and reform through social media by using Facebook and Twitter. She also hosts corporate and community cooking demos through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, and has held cooking demos at the Green Market at Piedmont Park, the East Atlanta Village Farmer’s Market, the Grant Park Farmers Market and the Farmers Market at Stonecrest Mall, the National Black Arts Festival, the Alive Expo, the Awaken Expo and many corporate, government and community establishments including Coca Cola, the Quaker Oats Company, Piedmont National, Henry County Board of Directors, Lovejoy high school, the City of Atlanta, Henry County Government, Heidelburg USA, Pepsico, Hillcrest Church of Christ and others.
Asata was a staff writer at Cross Roads News (with a weekly readership of almost 100,000) and copy editor for Upscale Magazine (“affluent lifestyle” for over one million African Americans), and her work is included in the anthology Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers with Foreword by Rebecca Walker (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint, May 2009). She is also a regular contributor to the newspaper Co-Options issued by Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op, a monthly contributor to CrossRoads News Healthy Eating column, and a contributor to the Metro Gazette (Albany, GA). Asata Reid has written for national publications including Ebony, Essence, Upscale, Song, Odyssey Colour and Rolling Out and she is the former editor-in-chief of Fierce Magazine (nominated for best new magazine by Utne Magazine 2003). She contributed to the Food Issues for Atlanta CityMag (formerly Dossier Magazine) for two consecutive years, and covered the Atlanta dining scene as the “Entrees” section writer for Rolling Out Atlanta. Asata has covered celebrity and business profiles (such as the late Coretta Scott King, Jamie Foxx, and Congressman John Lewis), many health-related issues (including obesity, lung cancer, and domestic violence) and her great passion – food.
Recently, Chef Asata presented before the Atlanta Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (2012)and has held lunch and learns for the Department of Defense and the Federal Reserve Bank. Chef as aligned with Georgia Organics in order to further the Farm 2 School movement with trainings for cafeteria staff for Dougherty and DeKalb county schools (2012). She has led a professional development series for the kitchen staff at Sevananda Natural Foods Market (2012), and lead lunch and learns for the staff at Clayton State University, the City of Decatur and supported several local YMCA’s during health fairs, youth days, and MLK Day celebrations (2012). She appeared for Administrative Assistance Day Health Fair at the FDIC (April 2011), and the grand opening of the new Downtown Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility (April 2011), during the Get Body Beautiful Expo (Feb. 2011), CRN Health and Wellness Expo (Jan. 2011, 2012). She sat on the Food and Culture Panel Coming to the Table Conference at Emory University (Sept 2010). She also presented kids’ cooking demos during the Slow Food Atlanta’s Annual Day of Action (Sept. 2010) and at the Conscious Kids Summer Camp hosted by the Children’s Wellness Network (June 2009, 2010) and the Children’s Wellness Network’s Fun Fest (June 2008). Chef Asata taught parents healthy, family-friendly meals at the Oakhurst Community Garden Healthy Eating Workshop (Aug. 2010), and since 2010 has taught parents of obese children healthy cooking tips through the Operation Zero program by Kaiser Permanente and in 2011 began supporting the Kidney BEAN program by Kaiser Permanente which supports renal patients in their healthy eating goals. She was featured in the August 2010 and 2011 issues of CrossRoads News, which also hosted the Back to School Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest where she was the featured guest chef. Chef Asata was the headlining chef during the National Black Arts Festival Summer Fest (July 2010, 2011), where she did daily cooking demos in the Art of Healthy Cooking pavilion, sponsored by Publix supermarkets. She was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Flavors Magazine, and published in the Spring 2010 and Winter 2009 issues of Real Health, and in 2009 was sited in several online magazines focused on women and health as well as written about in the Emory Wheel, Atlanta Tribune and On Common Ground publications. She has appeared on Co-Op Central Radio, an online radio program, to promote her What’s Cooking series at Sevananda Natural Foods Market and has appeared as a guest on The Soul Chamber with DJ Tabone on Atlanta’s WRFG 89.3 FM. She has also produced a series of short cooking videos which can be viewed from her website www.lifechef.net or on YouTube. For a list of other groups and organizations that have benefited from Life Chef services click here.
Asata Reid is a member of Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op, and supports the work of local farmers and local markets, and organizations such as Georgia Organics and Slow Food Atlanta. Chef Asata represents Sevananda Natural Foods Market on the Georgia Organics Chefs Panel (2010, 2011). She contributes to arts and community organizations such as the National Black Arts Festival, the YMCA, WABE 90.5 FM Atlanta’s station for NPR and the classics, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WRFG 89.3 FM radio free Georgia.
Asata is a cum laude graduate of the historic Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism, class of 1996. She is also an honors graduate from the International School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta, class of 2000.