When Sydney-born actor Andie Leon headed to the US in 2003 to find fame and fortune, she set herself on a career path that almost proved fatal. Amid her success, the Latina beauty struggled with a chronic, debilitating eating disorder, bulimia.
On one of several near-death emergency admissions to hospital, Andie finally acknowledged the need to change her life. She turned to alternative treatments to deal with the condition, which she now admits had secretly plagued her for 17 years. She discovered that eating organic foods slowly helped her overcome her negative habits and mindset. Introducing superfoods into her diet also aided her long and painful journey to recovery.
It was then she decided to leave the film industry to focus on a new culinary career, hoping to spread the word about the superfoods she believes helped save her life. For two years, Andie researched the healing properties of superfoods – acai, apricot kernels, camu camu, chia, cacao, dragon fruit, goji berries, golden berries, hemp, longan fruit, spirulina, pomegranates, maca, maqui, yacon and many more – together with flowers, herbs and spices. Working withhealth coach Susie Mooratoff of Superfood Organics, she compiled a library of unique healing recipes, then began teaching the benefits of cooking with superfoods through the prestigiousUS chain, Whole Foods Market.
From 2012 to 2015, Andie taught sold-out classes at Whole Foods stores in the greater Los Angeles area – one class was even filmed for a local TV network – and also worked as head chef for select Whole Foods catering events. She was invited to take part in the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Andie went on to open her own all-organic restaurant, C2 Organics, in Hollywood, and catered everything from private weddings to corporate functions for such health-focused companies as Yoga Works and Xanadu Life. She became executive chef for the Jean Houston Foundation and ELLSA’s program, The Social Artistry Odyssey for Emerging Leaders.
Joining forces with Fit Club TV, Andie created the online program Andie’s Kitchen: An Organic Choice. As a recipe consultant, she has been contracted by multiple restaurants to help create healthier menus and some of her hemp healing recipes will feature in the upcoming show Cooking on High for Warner Bros.
Academically, Andie holds a diploma in performing arts from the Actors College of Theatre & Television. She has studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), meditation, Pilates and yoga, and also holds a degree in Reiki healing. She has qualifications in holistic nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York and raw nutrition via David Wolfe Nutritional Certification, and recently graduated from the Escoffier Culinary Academy culinary arts fundamentals program. Currently, she is enrolled in a diploma of Western herbal medicine at the Australian School of Natural Therapies.
Now settled back in Sydney and heading her new project, Andie’s Kitchen, she remains full of excitement and fully committed to sharing her high quality, nutritious, and delicious meals with the world. Andie has a cookbook in the pipeline and ongoing food TV commitments in the US. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine” – that is the philosophy she lives by.
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