Eco-Chef Aaron French

Eco-chef Aaron French, chef of The Sunny Side Café in Albany, California, is a former food columnist for ten Bay Area News Group newspapers and a contributing editor at Fungi Magazine. Currently enrolled in the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he’s working on an MBA in Sustainable Business, Chef French once roamed the planet as a tropical ecologist. Now he’s back in the Bay Area, authoring The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook (Voyager Press, 2011). Read more about the eco-chef at Eco-Chef.com.

You spent part of your childhood on a farm, where you grew your own produce and raised chickens, so from an early age, you were eating local and organic. Was that incidental, or were those values instilled in you by your family?

My mom was part of the “back-to-the-land” movement. It was kind of an urban homestead situation. At first we were in a residential neighborhood, and we started out with a little backyard; we had rabbits and chickens, no roosters, but we still got complaints from neighbors. So we moved to a larger parcel where the people next to us had horses. At the time, this kind of thing definitely wasn’t cool.

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Posted by on August 13th, 2010

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