From Our Editors
A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Naturally-Tasty's chef Gilda Mulero specializes in natural and organic foods. Her menus highlight seasonal dishes, which she sometimes tailors to fit diabetic and ayurvedic cooking practices. Rather than confine her talents to a restaurant, she travels to customers’ homes as a personal chef, crafting meals, teaching cooking lessons, and house-training new stoves. At each visit, her seasonal menus highlight international dishes as diverse as pecan-crusted chicken, potato-carrot pancakes, red snapper with corn-mango salsa, Argentine vegetable stew, and apricot-maple scones.
Gilda develops custom lesson plans, menus, and schedules based on a customer-submitted questionnaire, which details clients’ food likes, dislikes, and dietary needs. Her regular classes may focus on easy meals, basic kitchen skills, or cooking for children or newlyweds, and past classes have taught students how to make homemade organic baby food, reinvent their pantry contents, and perfect their knife techniques. All classes include copies of recipes from the lesson, and some involve educational tours to local markets that highlight which goods to choose and which food samplers are the easiest to bribe. When she isn’t cooking, Gilda also teaches private all-levels yoga lessons, in which she teaches the deep, fluid poses and stretches of the Vinyasa style in a calming, nurturing environment.