MEET CHEF CASSANDRA
CASSANDRA YANKEE IS A FARMER, PRIVATE CHEF AND NUTRITION CONSULTANT
…specializing in cancer care, weight management and immune support through wholesome healing foods. Cassandra’s drive to help people led her to pursue a B.A in Public Administration from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan where she graduated with honors in 2010. After graduation, she turned to working in restaurants to make ends meet while looking for a ‘real’ job. Now, eight years later, she hasn’t looked back!
Cassandra’s natural cooking talent and expertise has been honed in some of Southeast Michigan’s premier farm-to-table restaurants including: Commonwealth, Trinosophes, Cacao Tree Cafe and Inn Season Cafe. Cassandra’s reputation, creativity, flavor and use of high quality ingredients have also yielded success outside the traditional cooking environment. She was the personal chef for leading actors during the Michigan filming of Batman vs Superman. She coordinated with Gym Jones trainers for menu design, nutritional programming and meal preparation to complement the intense physical training regimen required for muscle building and body re-composition.
After Batman vs Superman, Cassandra continued growing her personal client base. With her experience in menu development and food preparation for audiences from individual Hollywood clientele to locally acclaimed restaurants, she lent her skills to catering for groups of varying size – from weddings and birthday parties to upscale private events and fundraisers. She also pioneered the hot lunch program at the former Steiner school in Rochester Hills, which offered hand crafted lunches to students, parents and staff.
In addition to being a kitchen powerhouse, Cassandra has excelled beyond as an educator; designing meal plans that specialize in comprehensive patient support before, during and after conventional cancer therapy at Associates of Integrative Medicine in Bloomfield Hills. She has had success in healthy weight support, energy support, and digestive wellness.
Her passion for food education is matched by her desire to make wholesome eating accessible to everyone. “I want people to feel empowered by their food choices. We are bombarded everyday by things we should and shouldn’t eat and the reality is simple. ‘Eat real food. Not too much. And mostly plants’ The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Click the resources tab for a few of Cassandra’s favorite food reads. Cassandra is able to offer insight into targeted supplement regimens and herbal support for everyday life after working at Whole Foods Market and Zerbos Health Foods.
Outside of her prowess in cooking and food education, Cassandra finds joy in permaculture, sustainability, and mindfulness meditation. When she isn’t whipping up delights in the kitchen, she and her husband Jonathan, have a small homestead with organic vegetable gardens, playful dogs, happy chickens, sassy dairy goats, mostly tame sheep, and somewhat wild horses…