Hi, I'm Chris. I'm the co-founder of The Extreme Chefs, along with my fellow co-founder Jen and a few others friends. So, since the "About Us" covers the basics of the business, now, I guess I'll start with sharing a bit more about how we got to even have a business to write an "About Us" about.
I was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and Jen was raised between Malibu, California, as well as London, England. So, you could say when we met in Telluride, Colorado it was an EXTREME, East meets West, partnership from the very beginning. Both growing up near port cities we were exposed to extremes from a pretty early age. So, when we met, it was pretty obvious from the start that we were extremely different people with extremely different exposures, but with an extremely common goal:
We both wanted to change the way the world in as extremely positive a way as possible.
When we initially met we talked a lot about what necessities we could affect the most change through. Air? Water? ...Food?
For a long time I’d been beyond frustrated at the food industry. Most restaurants offer the same divisions on their menu (appetizers, entrees and desserts of some kind), the same protein/veg/carbs (chicken, steak, fish/medley, salad, and solo/potato, rice or bread) in similar combos, as well, plus get all of their products from the same several international food purveyors...
There was an EXTREME lack of options!
Going out to eat should be extremely good quality, affordable, and fun, not something bad quality, expensive, and boring. My favorite restaurants are the restaurants that, when I open the menu, I almost feel a twinge of fear hit me: none of my favorite entrees are on the menu! What am I going to order? What am I going to order that I can be confident I’ll enjoy?
And then the fear turns into excitement as I realize this is an opportunity to have more quality affordable fun; ideally EXTREMELY quality affordable fun.
I mean, if I wanted to eat the same three meals every day of my life why have any senses at all?
So, we began our journey down the road to see how we could bring more extreme quality affordable fun to the food industry and the rest of the globe.
As we were trying to figure out our menus, style, and general offerings I thought back to the first time I had found extreme quality affordable fun:
When I began extreme snowboarding was when I truly realized the power of quality affordable fun.
For so much of my life, I had ridden the same crappy costly chairlifts up and then taken the same boring runs back down. Some days would be different from others, as the snow conditions are always changing, but I began to know exactly where every tree and rock was like it was on the back of my hand. My world of wonder was slowly closing in on me as the ski-boundaries felt like they were more and more confined every day I went out.
So, I began venturing deeper into the common place.
Delving into the side runs, trees, and backcountry. My mind simply exploded with wonder. Sure, people had given zones and regions and couloirs names, names that would help them remember their location and a form of reference. But these were extremely different from the places in the resort because the quality, affordability, and fun factors were up to me. I had to prepare, explore, and navigate my way through what could sometimes be a labyrinth of corridors through the rocks. If I didn't bring the right items, took a wrong turn, or explored too heavily I would become cliffed-out, forced to hike back up, or build an anchor and rappel down a steep cliff.
Whatever happened was an extreme new adventure every time and the extreme preparation, as well as extreme reward of it all was the most exciting thing I could ever imagine.
The common became exciting and new, again!
So, our goal, with The Extreme Chefs is to bring this extreme quality affordable fun healthily, satisfyingly, and productively to the world; to bring a bit of extreme, even if it's moderation, to something that for most people has become common place: eating.
Whatever your eating routine we have the skills, tips, and tricks to help you break out of your rut to truly enjoy even this most basic moment of existence.
Most of us eat some kind of food every day and we usually have our favorite meals. Most of my friends, as well as myself, do have those good ole reliable options that we return to whenever we are feeling lost or want a bit of familiarity and want to know what to expect. Damn the quality, affordability, or fun factors. This is even true when we go to an event, festival or gala - it's the same ole same ol and who is going to want to waste their time with doing what they've already done all the time? Everyone has something like that. What everyone doesn't have is the willingness to step into the unknown, try something new, and possibly scary - to truly LIVE their lives.
So, with The Extreme Chefs, we've lowered the threshold of admittance to life for you, and taken all the requirements of prepping out of it. We will do all the extreme hard work, you just tell us a bit about your likes/dislikes, let us know how extreme you want to go (yes, we have a hilarious, but effective scale - stay tuned for the website lightbox), and we'll take care of the rest!
We're like your extreme life goodness, get-the-most-out-of-your-day, quality, affordable, and fun foodie tour guides.
All you have to do is take the small, seemingly insignificant, step into of contacting us, liking us, or sharing us to get extreme quality affordable fun!
Of course, like any adventure, it isn't a true adventure without some struggle and difficulty. There might be some foods you try that you don't like no matter how much extreme preparedness we do for you, but we promise you'll at least leave with a funny story and more items than not that you'll extremely enjoy. It's The Extreme Chefs guarantee.
For example, when I am backcountry snowboarding I know that despite any amount of extreme preparedness at any second everything could change, an avalanche could rip out the mountain and bury myself, or I could find myself in a position where I don’t really have any idea how to get out of it. But most of the time I’m rewarded with pure and absolute bliss. And that's life: it can be extremely unexpectedly incredible or awful at any turn you choose and we'll be there this time to help make sure it goes extremely good!
We live by the motto:
"Prepare for the worst and hope for the best", so the joy we feel when we get the best experience of our lives is simply unmatched by any and all around us.
This is what The Extreme Chefs will help ensure for you, too.
We want to bring extremely affordable quality fun experiences to your kitchen table, occasion, or celebration of any kind. We want to bring it to a place where most feel comfortable and know exactly what to expect. We want to turn the expected into the unexpected by transforming an everyday routine into an extremely worthwhile adventure for the palate, the eyes, and the soul.
So, when you come out at the end of one of our meals, pop-ups, blogs, posts, ebook+subscription boxes (coming soon) or whatnot you'll re