Friday, 04 December 2009 02:42
Organic Performance grew out of Adam Kelinson’s personal experience as an endurance athlete and world traveler combined with his work as a chef and a lifelong commitment to the environment.
As a private chef and nutritional consultant for athletes, celebrities, and executives, Adam has cooked for Prince, Hillary Swank, Mariska Hargitay, and James Brown (CBS Sports Analyst), among many others. He has written on diet and nutrition for TrailRunner, Inside Triathlon, xtri.com, Dietwatch.com, mariska.com, and has served as the Nutritional Director for the Silverman Full Distance Triathlon.
Adam graduated from the University of Vermont in 1996 with a degree in Natural Resources, after designing his own pioneering major around sustainable agriculture and ecosystem management. Prior to his career as a chef, he worked as an EMT and whitewater rafting and back country guide, becoming an avid outdoorsman and passionately pursuing the activities of rock and ice climbing, winter mountaineering, skiing, trail running and, more recently, surfing.
Adam’s love of cooking began in his mother’s kitchen at the age of five. His first food job was at Burger King in high school, where he saw the biggest rat of his life, before or since. That rat helped set him on his current path: promoting local, sustainably-grown food and helping people—especially athletes—enjoy better health and optimum performance by making real food the focus of their diets. He attended Cook Street School of Fine Cooking in Denver, where he received Chef of Culinary Arts, Chef of Wine Arts, and Sommelier certifications in 2000. He has worked with some of the country’s top chefs, including Best New Chef Charles Dale.
Adam has competed as a tri-athlete since 2000 and is a three-time Ironman finisher. He knows first-hand that the right food can make the difference in performance, recovery and rehab. He also knows that a busy life, a top-notch training program, and a rigorous competition schedule all leave precious little time for grocery shopping and home-cooked meals. Recognizing that people with active lifestyles were calling for help and guidance in this realm, Adam has written The Athlete’s Plate: Real Food for High Performance, to be published by Velo Press in November, 2009.
At Organic Performance, Adam and his team offer consulting and chef services to individuals and organizations of all types, including sports teams, with a pioneering approach that integrates traditional foods and native cuisines into modern day living and thinking. By demonstrating how everyone can use seasonally based, local and organic foods as the foundation for success, Organic Performance’s personalized services re-connect individuals to the earth, re-creating their relationship with food, air and water – the sustainers of human life and vitality.