One Life owner, Lauren Brynjelsen, prides herself as a self-taught cook (YES, that means you too can learn to cook!) Lauren has received her cooking training through private and group culinary classes, boot camps as well as through celebrity chef programs/classes. Lauren philosophy on cooking is “keep it simple.” At One Life Kitchen, I offer our guests a place where they find cooking confidence and are able to then go home and replicate the dishes for their family and friends to enjoy.
Sean is a professional chef with almost a decade of experience. He developed his love of cooking as a child growing up in Korea, Italy, Germany, and the American south. After receiving his culinary degree he worked extensively in San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma at Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning wineries before moving to Barrington with his wife Shauna and son Hunter. Both in the kitchen and out, Sean loves how cooking can introduce a new experience, ingredient, or culture.
Beth Christensen is the owner/founder of Happy Littles Sleep Consulting and a self-proclaimed home cook. In addition to healthy sleep habits, Beth is convinced that healthy eating habits form early in life and lead to happy and healthy children. Her current mission in life is to pass along her love of healthy wholesome home cooking to her five-year-old twin boys. She has been involving her boys in meal planning, grocery shopping, and the preparation of family dinners since the early age of 2 years old. There’s nothing like seeing the pride on their little faces when your children gobble up a meal they helped to cook! When she’s not involving her children in the kitchen Beth also loves to host dinner parties for friends and family and experience the culinary scene in Chicago. She is originally from a suburb of Boston and has an affinity for dining on any body of water as well as cooking any dishes that involve fish.
Jamie Wagener is a plant-based chef and holistic health coach with a deep understanding of how to heal and cleanse the body – physically, mentally and emotionally. Through her business, The Blissful Kitchen, (www.theblissfulkitchen.com) she has shared her food and her teachings around the country and in Costa Rica to help others achieve a more balanced and healthier state of being. Although a healthy diet is her medium for helping others heal, her desire is to dig deep and explore what feeds us beyond the food.