Fouad Kassab

Fouad Kassab

Author - Life Changing Foods

Fouad is a whole-foods chef and co-author of the book, Life Changing Foods. Fouad is also the founder of The Food Blog (thefoodblog.com.au). In Fouad’s own words – “Born in Lebanon during the height of the civil war, and like many others in my generation, I grew up on anti-biotics and a diet dependant on international aid, heavy with highly refined flour, sugar and skim milk powder. I became overweight from an early age, and later on my health deteriorated creating many chronic illnesses that started from when I was 12 years old.

“I moved to Australia in 2001, switching from a degree in English Literature to a degree in Software Engineering. I have been working in the technology sector for 15 years, though in 2006, I started the world’s first Lebanese food blog as my need for creative expression made itself heard. Drawing on my background in English literature, I wrote essays and thoughts around food and culture, and documented my experiments in cooking. As my journey unfolded, I was asked to join the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide reviewing team and travelled around eating and writing for several years.

“I also wrote articles and essays for many great publications, most notably Saveur magazine. My health however, continued to deteriorate. In 2011, I was introduced to the insulin hypothesis which drove me down the path of eating a low carbohydrate diet. My eating habits were largely clean already, but cutting out grains, legumes and sugar from my diet due to the carbohydrate load meant that I was following a low-carb Paleo diet without even knowing about Paleo. I lost 34 kilos, healed many chronic illnesses and greatly reduced symptoms of lingering ailments. Inspired by my new way of eating, I started a pop-up called Chic Pea, a gluten-free whole-foods restaurant in 2014, followed by Baraka, my second pop-up restaurant in 2015.

“I continue to eat a Paleo diet to this day, though with a greater variety than what I began with, and with more flexibility. Having been on the journey of healing and discovery for what now feels like a lifetime, I am sharing my experience in the hope that others may also benefit from it.”