This Is Exactly Why a Chef Doesn't Follow Fad Diets

Food means a lot of different things to different people, but most of us can think of at least one time when a meal has been a source of joy and inspiration, brought a community together, or changed the way they felt and functioned for the better. This is especially true for people like Claire Thomas of the Kitchy Kitchen, whose career revolves around food. So when we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Thomas, we were excited to pick her brain about what she’s learned in the kitchen at work that has also come in handy at home as a wife, mom, and pet owner.

Despite her success as a talented chef and influencer, she appreciates an indulgent meal out and, like the rest of us, she knows what it’s like to have a near-empty fridge during a busy week. Read on to learn about the easy dishes she makes when she only has 20 minutes, take note of her favorite L.A. restaurants, hear about the fad diets she’ll never try again, and how she manages she keep her family—pets included—well fed with plenty of variety in their diets.