Meet Dr. Michael Fenster; interventional cardiologist, martial artist and professional chef. By combining his medical expertise and culinary talents with an Asian infused philosophy of well-being, Dr. Mike is leading a revolution for eating well and living better.
Dr. Mike's unique culinary philosophy is designed to navigate the chasm between over indulgence and deprivation. He understands how we are hardwired to respond to "quick fix" fast food; foods loaded with sugar, salt and fat. He knows firsthand, as only a physician can, the perils of excess. Yet he knows that the alternative of a strict, tasteless diet of denial is destined to fail; for not only is there no joy, but there is no salvation in the path of deprivation.
Dr. Mike's recipes and tips guide us to put the taste back into our food and the joy back into our lives. His Grassroots Gourmet™ philosophy steers us out of these extremes we constantly bounce between, restoring the pleasure of body and soul in gastronomic harmony.
"As a physician, I believe in the centuries old wisdom of Hippocrates: 'Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.' However, as a chef I know that if food does not taste good then it is only medicine."
Dr. Mike was born with an innate love of food which was nourished growing up watching Julia Child and Graham Kerr. He entered the professional kitchen in college, working his way up from dishwasher to executive chef while in school. He later earned his culinary degree from Ashworth University. He has managed an award winning restaurant and hosted the local cable TV cooking show, "What's Cookin' with Doc." His recipes have been published throughout the U.S. and he has demonstrated his entertaining cooking style on various national as well as local television programs. He has been interviewed on both national and international radio programs including Martha Stewart's XM radio network. His thought provoking articles and commentary have been regularly featured in The Atlantic Magazine and in the Tampa Tribune and Basil Culinary Magazine, where he writes monthly columns. He co-hosted the regular feature, 'Healthy Bytes with Dr. Mike' on the nationally syndicated morning program, The Daily Buzz. In July 2012 he lectured as invited faculty at the American Culinary Federation national convention in Orlando, Florida.
In addition, he has maintained a full time interventional cardiology practice, participated in numerous clinical trials; published peer reviewed scientific articles and taught students, interns, residents and fellows at the university level; ultimately achieving appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Mike is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations. He is in demand as a health and food expert on National and International television and radio shows. His book; "Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food" was recently published in June 2012 (Rowman and Littlefield).