Chef Tina Jo began her raw vegan journey back in 1999 when a friend suggested a vegan detox program to help alleviate debilitating ovarian and uterine cysts. Having reached a dead end with conventional western medicine and desperate to find relief, Tina Jo attended her first detoxification program through Karyn Calabrese at Karyn’s in Chicago, Illinois. That was the first step to a life changing experience.
«I’d tried everything — that is, every western drug and test available to womankind. It never occurred to me it could be my diet causing such havoc in my body!»
Tina Jo was so amazed at how good she felt after that first detox that she decided a raw diet was definitely worth pursuing. The change from the Standard American Diet to raw veganism not only cured her of the ovarian cysts and tumors but seemed to be just what she needed to free herself from a history of emotional eating which had led to recurring bouts of anorexia and bulimia for a decade.
Today, Chef Tina Jo is a highly respected Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef, Author, Speaker, and Coach known internationally for her humor and down-to-earth approach to raw veganism. Chef Tina Jo, along with her TV show Splendor in the Raw, has been awarded Top 10 Best Show, Best Chef, and Best Website in the Best of Raw 2009 Awards. She has made it her life’s mission to bring super delicious, fresh, simple, fun, affordable raw vegan food to the mainstream.
Through her books, DVDs, and programs, Tina Jo is teaching Americans how to make healthy lifestyles DELICIOUS, bringing live whole foods back to the dinner table one dinner plate at a time.
«I’m thrilled to share with you what I’ve learned: my love of food, the kitchen, and the fun that you can have with both. Only my view is a little different now — I’m no longer IN the sink and I’m no longer COOKING food — but it’s just as much fun and tastes just as great! I have even managed to learn the art of measurements and writing down my recipes which was tough because I am definitely my mother’s daughter!»
Chef Tina Jo has a small ranch in Baja California where she grows her own organic veggies that feeds her family along with several friends and neighbors!
Her other passion is animals! Chef Tina Jo has created a haven for rescued animals, including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and even a mule! Her latest additions include a horse that was so mistreated that he was covered in sores and was 300 pounds underweight, a 7-week old chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy who was born with a severe visual impairment, and an ancient deaf and blind mule who was turned out by her impoverished owner to fend for herself. A substantial percent of the income generated by Chef Tina Jo goes toward rescuing and caring for her own growing flock as well as some of her favorite animal charities.