We had the good fortune of connecting with Teresa Hansen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teresa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process for starting my own business wasn’t necessarily a well-thought out, developed business plan with years in the making. It came from one simple desire; to help people. That is why I became a Chef and Nutritionist, to help people heal through food and improve their quality of life. My business Chef Hansen, LLC was born out of passion for helping others versus wanting to build a brand. When someone asked; “Hey, do you know any personal chefs that can come to my home and cook my family a healthy meal?” I was available to meet that need and it aligned with my personal beliefs! Now as I start a second business, High Vibe Kitchen Collective, LLC I am taking a more methodical approach as I’ve learned a lot about running a business over the last 6 years. However, my underlying mission “to help others” remains consistent and is the foundation of this new venture.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently, I am the Executive Chef and General Manager for Good Things Coming, a chef made, precision dosed edible brand in Arizona. I was recruited by the company’s founder and CEO Chef Aaron Chamberlin for my experience with cannabis infusions. Good Things Coming was the perfect brand for me to support as we use all natural, high quality ingredients to make our edibles. Everything in the product line is gluten free, made with organic raw sugar (no high fructose corn syrup and our fruit jellies are Vegan. Also, I am launching a new brand this year; High Vibe Kitchen Collective, a full-sensory dining experience that immerses the cannabis consumer on an elevated culinary journey. Through this new brand, I aim to destigmatize plant medicine through nourishing food and help people become more aware of how to heal themselves through food. Between my full time work at Good Things Coming and my new business High Vibe, I’m excited to share my passion for food, nutrition and plant medicine with the world! . It hasn’t always been easy and I know challenges are still yet to come. Getting to where I am today professionally continues to take effort, hard work, patience and persistence. I learned to overcome challenges by continuing to push forward with my life’s mission, even if I had to pause and take a break. Balance is important in life even when you are extremely passionate about what you do. The one thing I want the world to know about my story is that everyday you have the opportunity to become a better version of yourself and a better version for those around you.. As I became a better version of myself, I was able to give more to others. I know my purpose, my path and that feels good! Knowing truths among the chaos that this life can present makes me feel good about wanting to share that with any one who wants to improve their quality of life through food, holistic eating and alternative medicine.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Arizona I would definitely plan some nature time especially this time of year. Hiking trails like Papago, Camelback and North Mountain are just stunning during spring. Also, I love to paddleboard so getting out on Canyon Lake or Lake Pleasant would be on the itenerary! As for eating and drinking, the food scene has been evolving steadily in the metro Phoenix area. So many great places! We could start by checking out Pemberton a great outdoor venue for food drinks, film and art- Breakfast Bitch is nearby for some good brunch eats! Then, one of my favorite tacos at Pachamama, 100% plant-based menu would be my go-to for lunch and tacos. Greenwood Brewing, a woman-owned brewery in Downtown Phoenix for happy hour and for dinner the classic Phoenix gem, Tarbell’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so grateful for all of the support and encouragement I’ve received throughout my journey. My family, friends and professional support throughout the years have guided me to success. I’d like to give a special shoutout to my mentor Chef Stephanie Green, RD who inspired my nutrition career path, Jane Fix, Education Director at Sol Flower Wellness Center who inspired my cannabis career path and my mom the OG meal prepper who worked full time and always made sure to have a home cooked meal on the table.
Instagram: @chefteresahansen @highvibekitchencollective @goodthingscoming
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