Plant pushing chef, consultant, caterer, innovator, creative resource, culinary concept builder, brand builder, product developer, cookbook author and co-founder of Wicked Healthy, LLC and Beyond Brands. Derek spent 3 years as chef  for a Tibetan Buddhist monastery Padma Samye Ling where he learned and practiced how to sit quietly to better deal with industry drama. Former global executive chef for Whole Foods Market. He has owned and lead several restaurants, a vegan-organic farm, a consulting co. and is an educator and innovator of vegan, vegetarian and plant-forward, healthier cuisines.