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Chef Dean Sheremet – WELL Summit

Chef Dean Sheremet – WELL Summit

For some of us, finding our life’s passion can mean meandering down several different paths before landing exactly where we’re meant to be. Such was the case for Chef Dean Sheremet, who describes his as an “unintentional journey to the kitchen.”At the early age of four, Dean often accompanied his grandmother—a successful pastry chef in Detroit—in the kitchen. Baking and cooking were something he enjoyed, but as he grew older, his passion for dance became his sole focus. At eight years old, Dean began dancing competitively and at 18, he moved to L.A. to pursue his career.

Marrying young and going through a very public divorce lead Dean to re-evalutate his life. Seeking something that would not only ground him but allow him to soar, Dean turned to his childhood roots and, with a move to NYC and acceptance into the French Culinary Institute, began his re-birth. After graduating at the top of his class, he secured his first job at Nobu, followed by a coveted position at the renowned Jean-Georges.

It was official: Dean Sheremet had landed exactly where he was meant to be. His passion for preparing healthy food has led Dean to partner in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign through its “Chef’s Move to Schools” initiative. Dean visits schools throughout New York, teaching children about healthy food choices with hands-on learning activities.

As a former dancer turned chef, Dean recognizes the often complicated relationship we have with food. He brings this unique perspective to The W.E.L.L. Summit, where he will challenge us to discard dysfunctional attitudes toward food, and lead us in cultivating mindfulness around how we eat, instead.

Dean will lead session attendees through choosing, prepping, and cooking food as a way to set us up for emotional, mental and physical success, every day of the week. We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Dean Sheremet as a speaker—and inspiration—to The W.E.L.L. Summit!

Session: Food For Thought: Practicing Mindfulness in How We Shop, Cook & Eat Everyday


Neal Halfon

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH is founding director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and also directs the Child and Family Health Leadership and Training Program in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Halfon is professor of pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; and public policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Is well known for his health related publications.