Andrew Brooks is the Executive Chef and owner of Spirited Food Co. He has been cooking since age 8 and in the last 10 years has worked as a private chef, nutritional counselor and food educator, food stylist, and Culinary Instructor. He was even chosen as the Chef for a cookbook tour through New York for a restaurateur where he cooked at the prestigious James Beard House. He has received several awards and accolades over the years, including a feature in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005 for his winning "Achiote Shrimp" recipe. Chef Andrew is the creator of the Award-Winning P.Terry’s veggie burger, and the creating of all the veggie burgers at Citizen Eatery.
For the past ten years, through Spirited Food Co., he has provided weekly meals to over 100 families in Austin and continues to add new families each week. In keeping with his food philosophy, the meal service offers great tasting balanced meals that help promote health and wellness. The weekly selection menu is carefully created by Chef Andrew to meet his nutritional criteria of locally sourced, green vegetable heavy, low glycemic foods.
Andrew holds a Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition and four certificates in cuisine and pastry from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. He graduated with distinction in both programs.
Chef Andrew is passionate about educating and teaches several classes a month in Austin at different locations. He has taught at the prestigious Central Market Cooking School for eight years, Faradays Kitchen Store for ten years, at Spirited Food Co., and in home cooking classes for twelve years.
In 2008 Chef Andrew helped launch the meal service for women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Spirited Food Co., along with the Capitol Area Food Bank, Breast Cancer Services of Austin, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation launched the pilot program, which will be picked up by the Capitol Area Food Bank later that year as a full time support service for women.
Chef Andrew continues to launch new programs that focus on specific health conditions such as Diabetes and treat them with a "food-focused nutrition" approach. He is currently changing lives through his new 12-week diabetes education program.