We’re chefs and brothers and though we come from two different professional backgrounds, we found common ground in the Wicked Healthy culinary arts. we’re from New England, so for us, “Wicked Healthy” means “good-for-you food that tastes so good you think it must be bad for you.” The bottom line is, we want you to be healthy because healthy people are full of life. They’re upbeat, confident, and energetic. We want you to eat more vegetables. Especially the green ones! We’d prefer if they were organic and maybe even local. Most importantly, we want them to taste great. Go easy on added sugars, saturated fats, and salt. Eat lots of fruit. Make an effort to understand that you’re going to wander off the trail and go out to eat now and then – just maybe think for a second before ordering.

Derek Sarno

Derek Sarno is the co-founder of Wicked Healthy, LLC, and also serves as Executive Chef & Director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco PLC, where he is leading the company’s efforts to bring delicious, unpretentious vegan foods to market.

Prior to co-founding Wicked Healthy and partnering with Tesco, Derek served as the Senior Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market, where he oversaw global research and development for the company’s prepared foods department, worked with suppliers and leadership to develop and promote plant-based foods across the organization, and served as Culinary Director for the WFM Academy for Conscious Leadership.

Derek is a serial entrepreneur, founding several award-winning restaurants and food service companies in the United States, including the One Hundred Club, Mahalo’s Catering, and Mizuna’s. Derek also served as the resident Chef & Gardener at Padma Samye Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and retreat center in upstate New York. During his years at the monastery, Derek grew and cooked the meals for the Sangha, and learned how to sit quietly. This time helped him become less of a jerk.

Derek is the co-author of the Whole Foods Market Diet cookbook (Fall 2018), and the Wicked Healthy Cookbook (Spring 2018). He is the proud father of Jake (a human boy), and proud foster-dad to Mildred (a ninja squirrel in Portland, OR) and Buddy (a red fox that hangs out behind his house in London.)

Chad Sarno

Chad Sarno is the co-founder and VP of Culinary for the plant-based seafood company, Good Catch Foods which offers a line of ‘seafood without sacrifice’, now available in stores. He is also the co-founder of Wicked Healthy, a thriving online community that focuses on culinary innovation, training, and product development for manufacturers, retailers, and food service outlets, and offers plant-based restaurant consulting.

Chad formally held the position of VP of Plant-Based Education at Rouxbe Online Culinary School, the world’s largest online culinary school, and launched the first accredited plant-based culinary courses online. Some of the international projects Chad has embarked on span from the launch of a boutique plant-based restaurant brand throughout Europe in Istanbul, London, and Munich to the recent restaurant opening in Belgrade, Serbia. Chad’s mission of health inspired plant-based eating has reached all corners of the globe.

Chad joined the global team at Whole Foods Market to launch innovative health and wellness initiatives like the Global RnD Chef and culinary media spokesperson for the companies healthy eating program.
Chad’s celebrated recipes have also allowed him to serve as contributing author to more than 10 health-related books, including New York Times bestselling cookbook The Conscious Cook, and to co-authoring the bestseller Crazy Sexy Kitchen with Kris Carr. Over the years, he has been a guest on dozens of morning shows and food-focused programs on national and international television and radio. Chad has been featured and quoted in numerous media outlets ranging from CNN, the New York Times, and The Guardian to VegNews, Men’s Health, Self, Shape, and Prevention magazines.

Together with his brother Derek, Chad has co-authored The Wicked Healthy Cookbook (released May 2018), and the Whole Foods Cookbook (released October 2018).

Chad Sarno

Chad Sarno is the co-founder and VP of Culinary for the plant-based seafood company, Good Catch Foods which offers a line of ‘seafood without sacrifice’, now available in stores. He is also the co-founder of Wicked Healthy, a thriving online community that focuses on culinary innovation, training, and product development for manufacturers, retailers, and food service outlets, and offers plant-based restaurant consulting.

Chad formally held the position of VP of Plant-Based Education at Rouxbe Online Culinary School, the world’s largest online culinary school, and launched the first accredited plant-based culinary courses online. Some of the international projects Chad has embarked on span from the launch of a boutique plant-based restaurant brand throughout Europe in Istanbul, London, and Munich to the recent restaurant opening in Belgrade, Serbia. Chad’s mission of health inspired plant-based eating has reached all corners of the globe.

Chad joined the global team at Whole Foods Market to launch innovative health and wellness initiatives like the Global RnD Chef and culinary media spokesperson for the companies healthy eating program.
Chad’s celebrated recipes have also allowed him to serve as contributing author to more than 10 health-related books, including New York Times bestselling cookbook The Conscious Cook, and to co-authoring the bestseller Crazy Sexy Kitchen with Kris Carr. Over the years, he has been a guest on dozens of morning shows and food-focused programs on national and international television and radio. Chad has been featured and quoted in numerous media outlets ranging from CNN, the New York Times, and The Guardian to VegNews, Men’s Health, Self, Shape, and Prevention magazines.

Together with his brother Derek, Chad has co-authored The Wicked Healthy Cookbook (released May 2018), and the Whole Foods Cookbook (released October 2018).