023: The Art of the Pivot with Chef Maria Hines

Mar 15, 2021

In this episode, Chef Maria Hines shared her journey to the culinary arts and the impact COVID-19 has had on her career. A James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef Northwest, Maria Hines' commitment to seasonal, local, and certified organic is unwavering. She blended this commitment with her high standards for impeccable service at Tilth Restaurant and Tilth Catering. Opened in 2006-2020. Tilth was named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the country by Frank Bruni of the New York Times. Maria Hines was named one of Food & Wine magazine's 10 Best New Chefs and competed in “Top Chef Masters” before going on to win Food Network’s “Iron Chef America: Battle of Pacific Cod.” Maria was also a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. Maria Hines has been in the food and beverage consulting for over 10 years now. Including companies like Microsoft, Seattle Pacific University, Pallino, and more. She does product development for retail food companies, along with business coaching for her clients. Peak Nutrition Cookbook, displays Maria Hines' connection to the idea that food is medicine. This comprehensive sport’s nutrition cookbook, co-authored by Mercedes Pollmeier, is an in-depth, delicious cookbook focusing on foods that heal and increase mental and physical performance. Mazama Nutrition is Maria Hines’ online nutrition coaching business, dedicated to applying her nutrition coaching certification, to help people live their best lives through healthy, nutritious, and delicious eating while living an active lifestyle. Maria’s personal active lifestyle includes 20 years of rock climbing, running a couple of marathons, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. A leader in the restaurant and sustainability community, Maria Hines donates her time to such causes as James Beard Foundation sustainability programs, American Chef Corps, the Mountaineers, food equality for low-income families, and other food system advocacy and access. She is a founding member of Seattle Restaurant Week and previously served on the board for PCC Farmland Trust.

Show Highlights

  • How Chef Maria is a big inspiration for Kristen to the courage to keep going at one point in her life
  • Importance of her restaurant for her career and the community that it served
  • The emotions Chef Maria was feeling when the pandemic started to spread across the country
  • Flexibility and open-mindedness of Chef Maria in terms of achieving her goals
  • How psilocybin has been helpful for Chef Maria’s anxiety disorder
  • What inspired Chef Maria to develop healthy recipes
  • Food as a sensory experience
  • Importance of taking care of ourselves so we can take care of others


Connect with Chef Maria Hines at chefmariahines.com
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