My name is Nathaniel De Young - professional meal prepper, personal chef and owner of Honey Bread. I absolutely love cooking for others and appreciate how a good home cooked meal can nourish and bring people together.
My experience: I have more than sixteen years experience in professional kitchens. For seven years, I worked as food technologist in a test kitchen where I researched and developed recipes for some of the largest food companies in the world. I also have experience as Neapolitan pizza chef, German wood-fired bread baker, French bistro pastry chef, independent food consultant and culinary arts instructor at Northern Essex Community College. I opened Honey Bread Meal Prep in 2020.
My education: I completed a culinary arts program at North Shore Community College in 2018. I have developed my skills since then, learning world cuisines and adapting recipes to special diets.
My food philosophy: I believe the foundation of good nutrition depends upon home cooked meals made with high-quality, minimally-processed ingredients. I specialize in preparing personalized meals made with plentiful fruits and vegetables (organic whenever possible), 100% whole-grain pasta, rice and grains, humanely-raised animal products, wild-caught seafood and healthy fats, with the occasional treat or dessert (homemade, of course!). And unless you say otherwise, I make sure not to include heavily-processed oils, artificial or natural flavorings/colorings, preservatives, and other highly-processed ingredients.
I do not cook meals to meet a certain amount of calories (calorie counting has been shown to be unhelpful for losing weight/improving health). Instead, I prefer to utilize Michael Pollan's mantra to healthy eating: eat food, not too much, mostly plants. This mimics the eating approaches of people living in ultra-healthy Blue Zones such as Okinawa, Japan and Sardinia, Italy. If you aren't accustomed to eating with this approach, perhaps give it a try with Honey Bread Meal Prep and see how enjoyable it can be (while improving your health!).
My goal is to keep Honey Bread small and local. This way, I am always able to offer my clients attentive and personalized service. I want to make sure you always feel completely delighted and taken care of - if you aren't happy for any reason with my service, I want to understand what went wrong and to fix it as quickly as possible. Honey Bread is a labor of love for me - I want to make people happy and healthy through wholesome home cooked food.
If you have any questions about Honey Bread or myself, please write to me or call/text at 978-414-5554. I am always here to assist you. I'm really looking forward to the chance to cook for you and your family!