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OKTOBERFEST CHEF: ERICA WIDES

Erica Wides is the host and creator of Let’s Get Real: The Cooking Show About Finding, Preparing and Eating Food on the Heritage Radio Network.

Known for her sarcasm, wit, in-touch attitude and matchless knowledge of everything food, Wides is a national authority on how to find, afford, cook and eat minimally processed, natural foodstuffs or (real food). She specializes in taking the “whole-foods lifestyle” out of the realm of the food elite, and educating the public at large how to tell real food from processed food that is masquerading as real food (or “foodiness”).

On Let’s Get Real Chef Wides clears a realistic path for anyone to have access to locally grown, minimally processed foods that are good for them. …no chicken coop, bee-hive or home-grown vegetables required.

Wides has appeared on PBS’s Stress Free Cooking, Martha Stewart Morning Living, the Food Network’s Chopped and Top Five, and HSN TV; is a regular guest on NPR’s All Things Considered; and is a featured culinary expert for About.com. She is also a Chef and Culinary Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, and a consultant on product, recipe and curriculum development for clients such as Unilever; Fresh Prep Cookware and Tools; and BeFine Food Skin Care.

Chef Wides speaks German and is a fan of German cuisine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.