Adam Kenworthy is a New York-based private chef, culinary consultant and healthy eating advocate.
Having grown up in Iowa on a lot of meat and potatoes, it was while training for ultra-endurance events such as the Ironman Triathlon and 100-mile road races that Adam's attitude towards food started to shift. He found that a nutrient-rich, plant-based diet not only increased his stamina during the competitions but expedited his recovery. It was a revelation he felt compelled to pass on; not by preaching but by creating craveable and delicious dishes.
I caught up with Adam recently to talk about
reinventing plant-based recipes, future food trends,
his favourite places to eat in NYC and more...
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY?
I believe you should eat the food that makes you feel good. Everyone has different ethics and opinions on what that means. So, for me, it's something personal. I try to keep an open mind about what it means to others. I feel that eating has become a religion in some regards. We must all be tolerant of others' views, not hold judgements.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START EATING A predominantly PLANT-BASED DIET?
The documentary Food Inc. was very inspiring and educational. As an athlete I wanted to dive into what I found might be a misconception about protein – most people think vegetarians and vegans are protein deficient. I also wanted to take a stance against the industrial food chain and the major issues within it.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP NEW RECIPES?
I have a few chef friends that I met while living in Aspen. I often call them to brainstorm concepts for new recipes and they help me to refine or crystallise my ideas.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO, FAIL-SAFE SMOOTHIE RECIPE?
The water from a fresh coconut, one banana and one cup of frozen blueberries blended until smooth.
TEN MUST-HAVE LARDER/FRIDGE ITEMS:
Fresh ginger, raw turmeric, avocado, wild arugula (rocket), romaine lettuce, watermelon radishes, sunflower seeds, basil, cilantro, and lemons.
THE BEST MEAL YOU EVER HAD:
Not sure – I've had too much incredible food to decide.
WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT BIG FOOD TRENDS?
FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN NEW YORK:
Sweet Greens, Omen on Thompson, Palma on Cornelia and Cafe Clover.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?
I like to start my day at 6am with a five-mile run along the Hudson. I follow that up with an hour-long meditation class. I do this five days a week. It makes me feel amazing.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Travel and adventure of any kind. Particularly anything that involves a snowboard or a surfboard.