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Joined :12/2/2009 | Video Recipes: 10 | Follow Chef
Bethpage, NY United States

Chef Zane Smith has had an interest in food his whole life. He credits his mother with honing his versatile palate at a young age. There are many culinary geniuses who have influenced him along the way, Jonathan Waxman, David Gingrass and Wolfgang Puck. His tastes as a chef range from his Grandmother’s Southern home cooking (Bet you didn’t know grits could taste so good!) to his constantly changing locale as a young chef (NC to CO to CA to NY, just to name a few.) His last stop and current home, Long Island, NY has brought him much success as the executive chef of the popular Wild Honey Restaurant in Oyster Bay and the executive chef/co-owner of Wild Harvest Restaurant in Glen Cove. His latest inspiration comes from his interest in his own health, an awakening to the disaster of factory farming and mindful eating practices. “When faced with my own health issues, I came to a realization that I had to change the way I eat. I had been cooking for 15 years but never paid much attention to where my food comes from or what it was doing to my body". "After re-educating myself i re-focused my cooking to a more health (but delicious) based cuisine" His passion for cooking merged with his new focus on mindful eating and a personal Zen practice has lead him to to the formation of his new venture Cooking Zen.