How does having marijuana-infused meal sound to you? It is not just for the adventurous, but it could also be an opportunity for those that are seeking to enjoy some of the health benefits of cannabis without smoking it. This week, let’s hear from Jeff, the only cannabis chef in the world who is making waves in the culinary world to understand how he demystified the art and science of cooking with cannabis!
Hi, can you introduce yourself to our community and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?
Hi, I’m JeffThe420Chef, author of The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine (Harper Wave, 2016) and host of the “Wake and Bake with JeffThe420Chef” podcast. I am the only cannabis chef in the world that specializes in cooking and baking with specially crafted, strained specific cannabutter and canna-oil that are “light tasting” and “tasteless”. These artisan butter and oil are created to achieve the health and wellness goals of those who choose to medicate with cannabis. As the cannabis chef who invented light tasting and tasteless cannabutter and cannaoil, as well as the THC/CBD Calculator, I cook and bake everything from gourmet 420 dinners and comfort foods to desserts and snack items.
As a culinary instructor, I teach a series of classes called “The Art of Cooking with Cannabis” in medical and recreational states. The goal of my classes is to take away the fear and mystery surrounding cannabis-infused edibles and to help people understand the nuances of the various strains of cannabis, the differences and characteristics of THC & CBD (the non-psychoactive medicinal compound in cannabis), how to select the right strain for your needs, how to gauge and manage the potency of the butter and oil you make, how to “dose” and use them properly in the food items and meals you prepare and ultimately how to make and use “light tasting” artisan cannabutter and canna-oils.
Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?
While I have always been interested in food and cooking, it wasn’t until 2012 that I began to incorporate cannabis into my recipes. At the time, a friend’s mother was being treated for cancer, and she had a medical marijuana prescription to help with her pain and nausea.
I offered to prepare cannabis-infused edibles for her and they actually worked! Word quickly spread among her friends and fellow patients and I found myself cooking full meals of cannabis-infused foods.
What does your passion mean to you?
That I have the ability to improve the lives of other people by giving them confidence when it comes to cooking with cannabis while simultaneously teaching them how cannabis-infused edibles can help them achieve their health and wellness goals.
What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?
My passion for sharing what I know with others.
How would you describe the link between your classes and the community around you?
The class is geared towards foodies in the cannabis community and makes cooking with cannabis approachable and fun. It’s the only cooking class in the world geared toward simplifying and demystifying the art and science of cannabis.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about your passion?
Take my class. 🙂
How long have you been living in the city? What are some insider tips you’d like to recommend to someone who just moved to the city?
I grew up in LA then moved to NY and lived there for over 30 years. I moved back to LA two years ago. Insider tip: Get a medical recommendation for cannabis. Even though CA is now a “recreationally legal” state, the laws won’t go into effect until January 2018. Also, if you have a medical recommendation, you’ll save a lot of money when the recreational laws go into effect.
What is your favorite moment/story you’ve had between you and your customers?
When Oregon first legalized cannabis, I did a dinner party for 18 people to celebrate. We divided the guests into 2 groups and served 1 group a “Sativa” based meal and the other an “Indica” based meal. Sativa strains of cannabis impart an energetic, uplifting and focused high while Indica strains give you more of a relaxed, deep thought high. 2 hours into the dinner it was clear which table had what strain infused into their meal. The people at the Sativa table were enjoying an uproarious night of stories and laughter while the guests at the Indica table were enjoying a deep, philosophical conversation about…I don’t know what!
What are your goals for the future?
My goal for the future is to launch the Cannabis Cooking Channel. A one stop destination for any and everything related to cannabis-infused edibles.
What’s the greatest misconception people have about your passion?
The greatest misconception when it comes to cooking with cannabis is that it tastes bad and that there is a good chance you’ll have a bad experience. I’m here to teach you how to have a great experience and how to dose your edibles responsibly so you (and your guests) have an incredible, positive and memorable experience.
Any recommendations to someone who might want to start exploring a new passion?
Life is short. Do it! No excuses!
Share one quote that resonates with you the most and what it means for you?
“Be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor but without folly”. -Jim Rohn. This is my daily guidance.
All photos by Jeff.
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