Although his chef jacket defines his line of work, Chef Ryan considers himself an ambassador of wellness, creatively combining the culinary arts with nutrition. His “clean, simple and sexy” cooking style is rooted in functional ingredients, harmonized with texture, convenience and nutrition.
Chef Ryan's culinary journey began with his own health transformation almost 10 years ago. After years of struggling with weight management, he sought to re-invent his career as well as his ailing health. It was around that time that Chef Ryan co-founded Centered Chef, a culinary studio in Chicago, where clean-eating experiences are integrated into both social and educational platforms.
From farm-to-fork catering services to customized cooking classes, Chef Ryan understands the notion that healthy and delicious can be equally attainable. Chef Ryan travels the country sharing his knowledge of healthful cooking while educating groups of people to have a deeper connection with the foods they eat.
Chef Ryan's expertise and fun-loving personality are often featured on local and national news networks including CBS, NBC, WCIU, CLTV, WGN and FOX. He's been recognized for his entrepreneurship with feature stories by Crain's Business Chicago, and was recognized as the winner of the "Viewer's Choice" award for "Crain's: A Day In in the Life of an Entrepreneur" contest. Chef Ryan is a contributor to USA Triathlon's Fuel Station Column and has been featured in publications like Competitor, Triathlete, Chicago Athlete Magazine and Diabetes Forecast, for his expertise in food and nutrition.