The cast and crew of the Hippy Gourmet TV Show welcome you!
We include you in our group of good friends who enjoy the simple things in life, from great cooking, to even better eating, and the pleasures of sharing time with loved ones! Seven years ago we started taping the Hippy Gourmet TV Show to create a mellow and Zen-like cooking series that captures all the fun and fashion of a multi-cultural and generational phenomenon, which is the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco. Since then the Hippy Gourmet has expanded it’s filming to exotic and indigenous locations around the world, discovering and exploring all that is natural, organic and beautiful. The show also features worthy non-profits and companies that are striving to make a difference in the world. Read a Full Story...
We have some truly amazing fans that have been with us since the beginning, and we thank you all for your continued support!

 

  James Ehrlich - Executive Producer/Director (bio)
James has spent years working in film and television. Before creating the Hippy Gourmet show with his three co-producers, James founded his own successful media and technology company. He was also acting president of GMI Entertainment, a global media and publishing concern, where he executive produced all of their film, television and electronic media.

James produced television segments for major networks and has also dedicated a great deal of his creative energy towards documentaries that are especially focused on wildlife and endangered habitats.

“The Hippy Gourmet is a phenomenon that I’m honored to be involved with. Each week we celebrate the passion of home cooking that’s fun, simple and affordable for families to join together in…right on!”

 

  Chef MikeC. - Host of Organic Living TV with the The Hippy Gourmet (bio)
An honors graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Chef MikeC. began cooking professionally in 1997 in upstate New York in restaurants and a natural/organic foods grocer. In 2000, he started his first catering business, “Cuisine Undressed”, before moving to San Francisco in 2001 to study at CCA. There he co-founded Xfusion Personal Chef Services - an originator of the concept of turning private parties into exciting cooking events for guests to participate in. While still in school, he was hired to co-manage Sur La Table’s San Francisco culinary school, where he also taught. Within months, MikeC. was put in charge of the program, which included assisting such visiting celebrity chefs as Martin Yan, Jamie Oliver, Alton Brown and Michael Chiarello. In 2003, he founded Party Lifestyles and taught international cuisines at cooking schools and retail outlets up and down the West Coast as well as catering events for high-end clientele. At the same time, he became an official spokesperson for Furi Knives, appearing at trade shows and culinary fairs around the country to demonstrate proper knife skills. He recently took over hosting the long-running cooking show series “Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet.”

 

  Lena Blanc - Co-Producer
Lena is a Co-Producer of The Hippy Gourmet TV Show and is also one of our beautiful ‘Hippie’ cast members as well! Lena was born and raised across the pond in Europe where she learned the art of gourmet baking from her mother and grandmother. Besides helping produce each episode, Lena also contributes her incredible creative and technical skills to our ever-expanding site design, bringing all the flavors of The Hippy Gourmet show to the web!

“Coming from Europe, which of course where ‘Bohemian’ lifestyles have their origins, I like to be a part of a TV show that gives back to the community… Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet does this very well I think.”

 

  Dennis Minnick - DP - 1st CameraDennis Minnick started in the video business in 1970 after completing his B.A. in television production. Working first in a recording studio he gained a solid background in audio while simultaneously being involved with corporate and entertainment video projects.

He worked as a cameraman and later a director for over 200 large screen concert videos for groups ranging from Jimi Hendrix to the Grateful Dead and other events including the Goldman Environmental Prize. More recently he has been involved in medical training productions and as a lighting director for several local commercials.

He joined the Hippy Gourmet family two years ago after seeing their work on the air and finding it a fun and rewarding series to be involved with.

 

  Bruce Brennan - the old Host of The Hippy Gourmet
Chef extraordinaire, Bruce trained under some of the industry's finest French chefs. At 16 years old Bruce was cooking for executives at IBM's Long Island Management Training Center. Bruce went on to cook at several restaurants both in New York and Los Angeles, and invited to cater on Hollywood sets and backstage events.

Bruce and his sister then renovated an old Victorian in the heart of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, creating a successful bed and breakfast. This truly was the inspiration behind The Hippy Gourmet show, with Bruce’s knowledge of world recipes, natural ingredients and his warm hospitality!

“Dude! Food IS creativity, because who can dream on an empty stomach!”

 

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