‘Doc & Chef’ seminar to focus on cooking healthy foods

Chef/restaurateur Matt Haley, who was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and local physician Dr. Uday Jani are teaming up to present their next installment of the Doc & Chef series, which focuses on healthy, simple-to-prepare food. The free cooking demonstration and educational seminar is scheduled for Feb. 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Fish On! in the Villages of Five Points in Lewes.

“We want to emphasize how many tasty, healthy foods are available locally to consumers,” said Jani, a longtime area physician who has recently added a personalized concierge practice focusing on wellness. “Cooking with them is easy — you don’t need any special training.”

Some of the ingredients that Haley and Jani will showcase might be surprising.

“Onion, garlic, ginger and olive oil all offer health benefits,” said Jani.

“Nuts are high in Omega-3. You can gain the benefits of flaxseed just by sprinkling some on your salad or in your soup.” added Haley.

Several of the other ingredients showcased during the classes are grown in the area.

“We want to focus on healthy, local eating,” said Haley, who owns seven coastal restaurants. “We have so many amazing farms and farm markets around here. We’re so fortunate to have such great resources. Buying local is not only better for our health, but it also supports the area economy.”

The doc and the chef will also give consumers insight into how to use some of today’s newly popular health foods, such as quinoa. The ancient grain has recently become a chef favorite, but many people have commented to Haley, he said, they find themselves stumped when it comes to home applications and preparations.

“It can be used as a side dish, a main course or even as a cold salad,” he noted. “It’s a remarkably easy ingredient to integrate at almost any point in your diet.”

For more information and to register for the seminar, call Lisa Wheeler at (302) 644-1200. It is a free series, but a $10 donation to Haley’s Global Delaware Fund will be accepted at the door. Space is limited, and the event is expected to fill up quickly.