Dr. Mike, The Grassroots Gourmet™,
Putting The Pleasure Into Healthy Eating
Meet Dr. Michael Fenster; interventional cardiologist, martial artist and professional chef. By combining his medical expertise and culinary talents with an Asian infused philosophy of well-being; Dr. Mike is leading a revolution for eating well and living better.
Dr. Mike’s unique culinary philosophy is designed to navigate the chasm between over indulgence and deprivation. He understands how we are hardwired to respond to “quick fix” fast food; foods loaded with sugar, salt and fat. He knows firsthand, as only a physician can, the perils of excess. Yet he knows that the alternative of a strict, tasteless diet of denial is destined to fail; for not only is there no joy, but there is no salvation in the path of deprivation.
Dr. Mike’s recipes and tips guide us to put the taste back into our food and the joy back into our lives. His Grassroots Gourmet™ philosophy steers us out of these extremes we constantly bounce between, restoring the pleasure of body and soul in gastronomic harmony.
“As a physician, I believe in the centuries old wisdom of Hippocrates: ‘Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.’ However, as a chef I know that if food does not taste good then it is only medicine."
Dr. Mike was born with an innate love of food which was nourished growing up by such experiences as watching Julia Child and Graham Kerr with his Mom. He entered the professional kitchen in college, working his way up from dishwasher to executive chef while in school. A certified wine professional, he later earned his culinary degree from Ashworth University. He has managed an award winning restaurant and hosted the local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc.‟ He recently signed with The Health and Wellness Channel to host his own national cooking program, "Just What the Docotor Ordered." His recipes have been published throughout the U.S. and he has demonstrated his entertaining cooking style on various nationally syndicated television programs such as Daytime TV and The Daily Buzz, among others. He has been interviewed on both national and international radio programs including Martha Stewart’s XM radio network. His thought provoking articles and commentary have been regularly featured in The Atlantic Magazine and in the Tampa Tribune, where he writes a monthly column. He was invited faculty at the 2012 American Culinary Federation national convention where he gave several lectures as well as a book signing.
As a physician, Dr. Mike is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, who has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to medical professionals. He has made presentations at organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. Dr. Mike is frequently asked for his medical opinions from peer groups and has served on the medical advisory board for a number of organizations. He has been noted for his original contributions as well as for the clinical research trials he participated in; all of which have appeared in peer reviewed scientific and medical journals. He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) and graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program
Dr. Mike is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations, he is in demand as a health and food expert on National and International TV and radio shows. His book; “Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food‟ was published in 2012 (Rowman and Littlefield). Dr. Mike is currently taping episodes for a new television show called “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” to air in nationally on The Health and Wellness Channel
May 4, 2013Dr. Mike appears live at the Florida Blueberry Festival along with selected guests.more→
April 15, 2013Tampa, FL - April 5, 2013 - HWC host of ‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ Dr. Mike Fenster visits set of his new show.more→
April 1, 2013Dr. Mike's Medical Minutes from The Health & Wellness Channel.more→
February 20, 2013Dr. Mike and Dr. Amy Tucker with a series of Medical Minutes on The Health & Wellness Channel during Heart Month.more→
February 10, 2013Audio Summary of Eating Well, Living Better on www.dailymotion.commore→
January 23, 2013Participants have several ways to participate in the event- via attending in person, live broadcast or live tweet chat.more→
January 7, 2013Dr. Mike does a Public Service Announcement for The Health & Wellness Channel®.more→
December 13, 2012Health & Wellness Channel is pleased to announce the signing of Dr. Mike Fenster to host the show, “JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED.”more→
September 15, 2012Radio interview on WBEZ 91.5FM on Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 10:00am http://www.wbez.org/original-food-pyramid-beer-bread-and-foie-gras-102213more→
June 16, 2012Dr. Mike's new book Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food was released today.more→
April 24, 2012Part 1 of a radio interview with Dr. Michael Fenster on the Josh Tolley Show.more→
February 22, 2012Dr. Mike Fenster, a regular on The Josh Tolley Show talks about heart health, tasty food, wholesome eating, and whole body approach to health.more→
January 4, 2012The FDA is working to limit the amount of salt used and served by restaurants, but that won't help us--and it might actually do harm.more→
November 17, 2011By Caitlin McCormack | Shine from Yahoo! Canada – Thu, 17 Nov, 2011 9:52 AM ESTmore→
November 17, 2011An interview of Dr. Mike on TheHealthyHostess.com.more→
November 15, 2011Moderate alcohol consumption -- like physical activity or never smoking -- is associated with a mortality reduction across all ethnic groups.more→
November 1, 2011Dr. Mike's blog post on blog.grasslandbeef.com about where beef comes from.more→
October 24, 2011Dr. Mike Fenster joins News 8 This Morning to discuss healthy eating along with some Martial Arts.more→
October 21, 2011This smoked salmon recipe comes from Dr. Mike Fenster's book The Grassroot Gourmet.more→
October 5, 2011We need to stop thinking about the individual ingredients -- eat more of this, eat less of that -- and instead focus on getting a complete diet.more→
September 28, 2011An article by Dr. Mike in the September 28, 2011 edition of The Atlantic magazine.more→
September 21, 2011There is no one variable, no single magic bullet, miracle food or diet, exercise program or supplement that is a panacea for what ails us.more→
August 14, 2011Dr. Mike was featured on this internet tv series.more→
July 21, 2011Discover some fun and easy pizza recipes that are also heart healthy.more→
June 27, 2011Recipes and information about Dr. Mike Fenster on www.edgeboston.com.more→
June 23, 2011Dr. Mike Fenster of The Grassroots Gourmet created this dish after enjoying cold soba dishes during his travels in Japan.more→
June 8, 2011Summer dining the heart healthy way.more→
May 18, 2011Dr. Mike is quoted in this press release for a new product for making frozen pops.more→
April 17, 2011Dr. Mike's original medical minutes from 2011.more→
January 10, 2011Dr. Michael Fenster, MD, F.A.C.C., FSCA&I, PEMBA applies “Grassroots GourmetTM” principles of healthy eating to turn everyday meals into healthy fare.more→
January 1, 2011Recipe for Balsamic Cherry Glazed Ham on whyy.org.more→
January 1, 2011Dr. Mike's author page on www.theatlantic.com.more→
November 5, 2010Dr. Mike share's two healthy fall recipes with www.healthyagingfood.com.more→
November 1, 2010Dr. Mike is interviewed by Kathleen Roberts for the website diet.lovetoknow.com.more→
May 15, 2010"I enjoyed cooking so much, but my first focus was medical school and being a physician," he said.more→
Please use the following contact form to inquire about Dr. Mike's expertise in the culinary and medical field for interviews, guest appearances, cooking demonstrations and discussion of current health topics.
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