Celebrity Chef Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs Los Angeles Gives Tips to Celebrate Vegetarian
Awareness Month in the Kitchen

October is the perfect time to embrace all that a vegetarian diet has to offer, said Los Angeles
Chef to the stars Jeffrey Nimer. His kitchen is stocked with a variety of local produce and
whole grains, and recommends that people start to take advantage of their farmers markets for
seasonal items.

The tradeoff on missing out on those Fourth of July burgers and franks may be worth it, as
research shows that vegetarians tend to weigh less and have lower rates of cancer compared to
their omnivore peers. With October being Vegetarian Awareness Month, now is the perfect time
to embrace a meat-free diet, said Haute Chefs Los Angeles Owner and Executive Chef Jeffrey
Nimer.

Initiated in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society, whose mission is “to promote the
joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism,” Vegetarian Awareness
Month kicked off with World Vegetarian Day on October 1. The goal of Vegetarian Awareness
Month is to celebrate fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, and ways to cook them
creatively.

“For me, there’s nothing better than organic, local food,” said Chef Nimer. “Most people don’t
understand, but by buying the best product out there and simply preparing it, the food will speak
for itself.”

Chef Nimer, whose client roster boasts names of A-list celebrities, is a classically French-trained
culinarian. He has worked with many talented, world-renowned chefs, such as Nuevo Latin Chef
Douglas Rodriguez and Miami Beach Chef Mark Militello. Chef Nimer created Haute Chefs in
2005 and says that it is critical to be ahead of the latest trends while creating a diverse, inspired,
and scrumptious menu.

In his kitchen, Chef Nimer keeps a variety of in-season, local produce which he purchases
from his local farmers market. Some of the seasonal produce choices in the Los Angeles area
include root vegetables, such as pumpkins and yams, apples, and golden chanterelles. He
emphasizes the importance of patronizing farmers markets to get the highest quality local
produce.

“Vegetarians have a huge palate of different produce, and you can be very creative with
vegetables and produce,” said Nimer. “Really breaking it down and being very creative displays
the mindset of at talented cook.”

The National Institute of Health has reported that vegetarians tends to consume fewer calories
and lower levels of fat and cholesterol, while getting more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C in
their diets. The closer a person follows a strict vegetarian diet, they report, the lower their risk of
diabetes, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome.

Whether a person is vegetarian or not, anyone can benefit from a diet high in fiber and low in
fat, with a combination of vitamins and minerals, said Nimer.

The position of the American Dietetic Association, published in a 2009 report, represents their
official stance on vegetarian diets:

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian
diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may
provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned
vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including
pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.”

One of Nimer’s many vegetarian specialties is a green and white asparagus salad. During the
heart of fall season, asparagus is integral to Nimer’s menus, he said. Recipe is attached.

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Haute Chefs LA, established by Owner and Executive Chef Jeffrey Nimer in 2005, is a premier
Los Angeles based catering company in high demand for Hollywood’s elite. Chef Nimer
champions bold, modern and exquisite culinary arts combined with the best service to offer
a scrumptious menu for any occasion. With his classic French training and collaboration with
many talented and renowned chefs, Chef Nimer has received numerous awards and recognition
as a world class facilitator of diverse, inspired services. Haute Chefs offers personal chef
services, catering, restaurant consulting and cooking classes and is pleased to accommodate
exacting requests to create a breathtaking culinary affair.

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