If you’re looking for Adam, you can almost always find him in the kitchen, but don’t expect the smell of prime cut steaks wafting your way. The vegan chef is serious about promoting a holistic lifestyle and sustainable eating, so much so that his “sexy salads” have become a social media phenomenon.
While his Instagram (and perfectly executed avocado flowers) has racked up almost 85 thousand followers, the Iowa native didn’t make his first foray into cooking until about five years ago. The stepping stone? Extreme sports. After graduating from Colorado State University, the now 32-year-old took on a fundraising venture by biking a 4,000-mile trail from the state of Washington to the coast of Maine. Since then, he’s participated in many of the most challenging races in the world including the IRONMAN triathlon in Australia and Cascade Crest 100, the 100-mile running race that took him 31 hours to complete. Adam realized his diet drastically affected his athletic performance while competing, sparking an interest in food that’s grown into “Chef AK” as his followers and fans have come to know him as.
Now, Adam adds Chopped Winner to his list of accomplishments. Food Network contacted him to appear on the show and Adam agreed after learning the theme of his episode would be focused on clean eating. But only days before he was to begin filming, Adam and his father were involved in a plane crash that left the private chef shaken and his father with critical injuries. Still reeling from the ordeal, Adam bravely boarded a plane back to New York City leaving his recovering father with a promise to come back a Chopped champion. Needless to say, Adam won and fulfilled his pact.
Since enduring a near-death experience and subsequently winning an acclaimed cooking competition, Adam’s mindset is laser focused on continuing to influence others to be more health conscious and pushing himself as not only a chef but also as an artist.