About Chef Asata
Asata Reid MPH, MS Ed., is a professional chef and community health educator. She the founder of Life Chef LLC - a culinary education service focused on healthy cooking and nutrition for all of life’s stages. She is also the founder and President of the non-profit Feed the People Co.(501c3) formed to help improve food access, food affordability and food equity in the community.
Chef Asata believes that successful intervention and prevention strategies begin with tailoring information and education to the recipient's needs. A longtime community advocate, she has worked across the demographic spectrum to deliver practical and useful health education that encourages sustainable behavioral change toward better health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
community health educator
Community Partner Champion
Asata has worked with Kaiser Permanente for over 14 years as a Health Educator, and facilitates classes in smoking cessation, sleep improvement, diabetes prevention and other wellness topics that impact the community.
As a partner of Small Bites Adventure Club, Chef Asata helps to develop recipes and activities for Farm to Home Explorer Kits and the Taste Test Boxes that are sent to classrooms and organizations. These turnkey activities help children discover, love and eat fruits and vegetables.
With partners such as Georgia Organics, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Quality Care for Children, she provides nutrition and culinary training for youth, adults and seniors, as well as professional development for school nutrition staff, and technical assistance for Farm to School/ECE programs.
Chef Asata teaches cooking and nutrition in the afterschool program at Drew Charter School where she also recently (2018/19) launched a life skills Cooking Club for upperclassmen as a continuation of the work from Michelle Obama’s health initiative Chefs Move to Schools. She also co-founded the Cooking School at Irwin Street.
Health Education Matters
Chef Asata served as the Health Education Director for Sevananda Natural Foods Market and Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. She is also the former Nutrition Health Educator at the HEALing Community Center in Atlanta’s historic West End.
Asata completed her Master of Public Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health where she completed a thesis on the complexities of picky eating. Asata also holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas where she developed a plan for integrating health and nutrition into PreK to 5th grade STEM/STEAM curriculum.
She is an honors graduate of Florida A&M University where she earned her BS in Journalism, and graduated with honors from the International Culinary School at the Arts Institute of Atlanta.
As a wife and mother, Asata enjoys slow family meals and her superpower is getting people to love eating their vegetables. In 2021, she self-published her first book “How to Feed a Kid: A Parent’s Guide” available on Amazon.com.