Dr. Mike, The Grassroots Gourmet™,
Putting The Pleasure Into Healthy Eating
Meet Dr. Michael Fenster; interventional cardiologist, martial artist and professional chef. By combining his medical expertise and culinary talents with an Asian infused philosophy of well-being; Dr. Mike is leading a revolution for eating well and living better.
Dr. Mike’s unique culinary philosophy is designed to navigate the chasm between over indulgence and deprivation. He understands how we are hardwired to respond to “quick fix” fast food; foods loaded with sugar, salt and fat. He knows firsthand, as only a physician can, the perils of excess. Yet he knows that the alternative of a strict, tasteless diet of denial is destined to fail; for not only is there no joy, but there is no salvation in the path of deprivation.
Dr. Mike’s recipes and tips guide us to put the taste back into our food and the joy back into our lives. His Grassroots Gourmet™ philosophy steers us out of these extremes we constantly bounce between, restoring the pleasure of body and soul in gastronomic harmony.
“As a physician, I believe in the centuries old wisdom of Hippocrates: ‘Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.’ However, as a chef I know that if food does not taste good then it is only medicine.”
Dr. Mike was born with an innate love of food which was nourished growing up by such experiences as watching Julia Child and Graham Kerr with his Mom. He entered the professional kitchen in college, working his way up from dishwasher to executive chef while in school. A certified wine professional, he later earned his culinary degree from Ashworth University. He has managed an award winning restaurant and hosted the local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc.‟ He recently signed with The Health and Wellness Channel to host his own national cooking program, “Just What the Docotor Ordered.” His recipes have been published throughout the U.S. and he has demonstrated his entertaining cooking style on various nationally syndicated television programs such as Daytime TV and The Daily Buzz, among others. He has been interviewed on both national and international radio programs including Martha Stewart’s XM radio network. His thought provoking articles and commentary have been regularly featured in The Atlantic Magazine and in the Tampa Tribune, where he writes a monthly column. He was invited faculty at the 2012 American Culinary Federation national convention where he gave several lectures as well as a book signing.
As a physician, Dr. Mike is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, who has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to medical professionals. He has made presentations at organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. Dr. Mike is frequently asked for his medical opinions from peer groups and has served on the medical advisory board for a number of organizations. He has been noted for his original contributions as well as for the clinical research trials he participated in; all of which have appeared in peer reviewed scientific and medical journals. He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) and graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program
Dr. Mike is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations, he is in demand as a health and food expert on National and International TV and radio shows. His book; “Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food‟ was published in 2012 (Rowman and Littlefield). Dr. Mike is currently taping episodes for a new television show called “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” to air in nationally on The Health and Wellness Channel
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Please use the following contact form to inquire about Dr. Mike’s expertise in the culinary and medical field for interviews, guest appearances, cooking demonstrations and discussion of current health topics.
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