I would like to formally welcome you to the Renal Chef Website. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Kenneth Green AKA the Renal Chef. I began my journey with food back in the late nineteen nineties as I attended the Clearfield Job Corps Center. I Graduated the Culinary Arts Program, Culinary Arts Advanced Program, and Bakers Certification. Illness prevented me from taking the culinary world by storm. However, I did continue to share my love of food via blogging and sharing recipes with my friends and family online.
Unhealthy Food Affection
I am like many people in the world. I have had a very unhealthy food addiction I call my food affection. In the past, I used to use my love of food as an excuse to eat anything and everything. And if you ask any of my friends I can cook with the best of them. However not being consciences about my food choices have led to a bad health condition. I suffer from diabetes, heart failure and now I suffer from stage three kidney disease. I have been told that I am mere weeks away from the fistula and going on dialysis. This is unacceptable to me. I needed to figure out a way I could help my health and the doctor made it very simple for me. Think about the foods I eat!
Fixing my food habits.
The other day I prepared a dialysis healthy Raspberry Chicken Salad. This salad was scrumptious. It was an idea I got from the DaVita website which is a huge gold mine of information. If you have kidney disease and you haven’t checked them out yet, go check them out now! As I saw this recipe for raspberry chicken wings I began to think about wholesome chicken breasts instead of wings and salad. And I created my first low phosphorus low potassium meal that was delicious. And then the idea hit me. As I move along this journey why not share this experience with you all and this website was born! So welcome to the Renal Chef! All aboard this great tasting but healthy food train!!
Inspirations and Favorite Chef
Since this is my inaugural posting I wanted to talk a little about my food inspirations. As an African American, I love soul food. That will be my main challenge is finding ways to eat my old favorites in new healthy ways. I also secretly wish I were Italian and that is reflected by my old food choices. I am excited to find ways to revamp my old favorites into healthy foods.
Some of my favorite chefs include Bobby Flay, Marcus Samuelson, and Mario Batali. So you may see some of their recipes revamped on this blog as well.
I plan to use this blog to launch my career as a culinary critic. I think in the city of Denver and wherever I travel I will seek out places that serve renal friendly dishes. This is to help my fellow dialysis brothers and sisters find good healthy places to eat out but also not be restricted to where they can share experiences. Food is central to our society. I want people to be able to share food with family and enjoy being out and about.
Welcome to my blog! I am excited that you are here! I will be very real and very transparent in what I share here. You may like what I share and you may not like what I share. But I will keep it real and I promise to do that always! Welcome to the Renal Chef!
Chef Kenny Green grew up in Denver, Colorado to two developmentally disabled parents. He always had a love of cooking sitting in his great aunt’s kitchen watching her make the best soul food. After high school, he enrolled at the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah and studied the Culinary Arts program graduating as a certified chef with the American Association of Hotels and Restaurants. He is also a certified baker. Having kidney disease as of last year he is changing his diet to live a more fulfilled life! Welcome to the journey!