Author Archives: Chef Nathan Lyon

About Chef Nathan Lyon

Chef Nathan Lyon is known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), Nathan was the creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and appeared as a guest chef and expert on Home Made Simple (TLC) and Real Simple Real Life (TLC). After graduating from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Public Health, Nathan backpacked his way across Europe, learning about local customs, culture, and cuisine. Although every town and country along Nathan’s journey provided its own culinary lesson, the watershed moment occurred in an outdoor market just outside of Florence, Italy: an old woman, agog at the massive amount of produce Nathan was stockpiling, eagerly asked, “Why are you buying so much food? Why not just buy fresh every day?” Nathan immediately dumped out half his basket and began pondering those two simple questions. It was in that market, clutching a wheel of cheese, that Nathan discovered his truth: great food starts fresh. Laden with ideas and information, Nathan headed home, eventually opting for culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, where he earned a Culinary Arts degree. Since that time, Nathan has worked in many restaurants, both in and out of the kitchen, and has also worked with local growers in California farmers markets for over a decade. Nathan recently (December 2011) came out with his very first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, which has been quoted by Alice Waters and Graham Kerr, in addition to other esteemed chefs. Great Food Starts Fresh is a seasonal cookbook featuring 135 recipes broken down into the 5 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and... chocolate! Nathan has cooked for the Inspector General, cooked and spoken at numerous charity functions, is one of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 2011 Sustainable Seafood Ambassadors, and has even written and co-illustrated (with his older brother, Craig) a children’s adventure book, Sam the Clam.

Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes for National #Pancake Day

It’s National Pancake Day! Celebrate with my recipe for Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes. Great Food Starts Fresh. Page 120. P.S. Someone bring the Lattes…

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Free cooking class at Whole Foods 3rd and Fairfax in LA

Los Angeles foodies! Be my Valentine this Wednesday and join me for this delicious class (samples will be given out)!

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3 Steps to a Healthier 2014 – My Blog for the Clinton Foundation

Did you know that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions? Find out how to beat the odds through the blog that I wrote for the Clinton Foundation. Plus, you’ll get a free healthy, delicious recipe from my … Continue reading

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Clinton Foundation #HealthMatters2014 Conference

So honored and excited to be preparing a delicious lunch and speaking to a group of health and wellness leaders participating in the Clinton Foundation 2014 Health Matters Conference next week! CAN’T WAIT! Here’s a sneak peek at the lunch menu…

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Weekly Tip Number Fifty-Two – 5 Steps to a Healthier Life

We started the year with this tip and we’ll revisit it again as we move into 2014.

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Weekly Tip Number Fifty-One: Citrus Season

Weekly Tip Monday!

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Great Holiday Gift Idea? Great Food Starts Fresh

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift for the foodie you know and love? How about a Washington Post “Top Cookbook” by an Emmy nominated chef? Order Great Food Starts Fresh today at !

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Weekly Tip Number Fifty: Aged Cheese

Weekly Tip Monday

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Holiday Special – get a SIGNED Cookbook – perfect gift!

There’s still time to get in on my HOLIDAY SPECIAL for a signed cookbook!

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Weekly Tip Number Forty-Nine: Top 5 Kitchen Tools

Weekly Tip Monday!

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