In 1993, while attending the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Chris was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 27. Since diagnosis, Chef Chris He integrates the techniques used in top restaurants to enhance the flavor of food with meal-planning and food preparation in the home. Chef Chris is a nationally recognized author, public speaker and spokesperson for all people affected with diabetes. He has made it his personal mission to educate diabetics and their families about food and a healthy lifestyle.
Chef Chris is a Certified Executive Chef with over 20 years experience in the culinary field. With his focus on healthy cuisine, Chef Chris is an authority on diabetic nutrition and food preparation. He has been featured in TIME Magazine, USA Today, CNN, Web MD, Southern Living magazine. National television appearances include “DLIFE” and “Taking Control of Your Diabetes".
Chef Chris’s cookbook: The Diabetic Chef’s Year Round Cookbook along with Cooking with The Diabetic Chef, are published by The American Diabetes Association. Both cookbooks provide simple tips, cooking techniques and a wide range of easy to prepare recipes the whole family will enjoy!
He has served as a Associate Editor for Diabetes Forecast Magazine, published by The American Diabetes Association and a Contributing Editor for Better Homes & Gardens Diabetic Living® magazine, and has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board.
In 2010, Chef Chris was the Executive Chef for Team Type 1 as they participated and won the 2010 RAAM Race or “Race Across America.” Team Type 1 is an eight-man cycling team all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
2011 and 2012 Novo Nordisk: “Diabetes Academy” National tour speaking to both public and corporate audiences on the importance of cooking healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
2012: Chef Chris is on Everyday Health and host of Meal Time Masters; a program to give people with diabetes tips they can use to take control at mealtimes.