Who Am I


I received my Red Seal as a French Cuisine Chef in 1996 and my Holistic Nutrition certification in 2005. I started my own business in 2007, because I really didn't like waking up early to go work for somebody else. Straight up!

Before I started my own business; Honey and Vanilla, I had many awesome jobs working in the food industry. In my past life I have been a cheese monger, train attendant on the Royal Canadian Pacific luxury trains, a Personal Chef to celebrity Jenny McCarthy and her son Evan, Chef and Manager of a cafe, Chef de partie at the Montreal Badminton Squash Club in Montreal and menu planning and creating dishes for a large catering company in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.

My practice is now based on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada!

  • I am the creator of Tia's granola; an actually healthy granola that you can feel good about eating.

  • I nourish my personal chef clients with nutrient dense whole food on a weekly to monthly basis.

  • I create and teach workshops for Holistic Nutrition students and the general public on how to achieve optimal health, a functional medicine approach to types 2 diabetes, Dr.Bredesen’s approach to preventing Alzheimer's disease , and how to prepare whole foods with my "How to set up a whole foods kitchen" intensive workshop.

  • My holistic consultation practice includes blood sugar balance/weight loss, Alzheimer's prevention and reducing symptoms from endometriosis. To learn more about my services please check out my Personal Chef services. That's just a little of what I do!

I also have clients that take me on vacation with them, many of my clients have specific life threatening allergies that cause them stress when travelling to foreign countries, so they take me along with them and I cook their food to alleviate any worries they would have. Other clients take me along with them because they realize it actually saves them money by having someone cook their food in house instead of going to restaurants every day. Hey, some even lose a little weight while on vacation fi you can believe that!

I am always on a quest for happy moderation with my French cuisine palate and whole foods knowledge. I do eat French fries and I do eat delicious French pastries but in balance with my whole foods lifestyle.

"The synergistic properties of whole foods have more power to heal the mind and body than many people think. I have experienced it first hand and through my clients." - Chef Christina Acevedo