A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in LA,  award-winning Chef Denise Portillo is widely known as an organic cuisine  thought leader.  With intention to underscore healthy dietary  importance in her approach to food and cooking — Chef Portillo  emphasizes the balance of mind, body and soul in everything she does.   Her businesses: True Nourishment, Inc.,  Athena Chef Apparel, and Eros Chef Apparel are reflections of this. All are located in beautiful uptown Whittier, CA.

Herbal Apothecary Market is a vegan market which features cooking  ingredients, “grab-and-go” items, and delivered boxes, for the health  conscious consumer looking for a more plant-based diet.  Encouraging  patrons to look at fresh, organic food that makes them feel better — she  has found the best ingredients for leading a well-rounded, healthy  life.

Chef Portillo was named Culinary Woman of the Year by the National  Latina Business Women’s Association LA and has been featured on CBS’s  “The Talk” for being a “single mom entrepreneur”. She has also appeared  on the Food Network’s “Chef Wanted” with Anne Burrell and has been  honored by Jafra Cosmetics for her commitment to motherhood and her  culinary nutrition businesses.  Chef Portillo is available for  interviews, television appearances, podcasts and speaking engagements on  healthy food and our search for living a balanced life.

Chef Portillo’s approach to her passions focus on encouraging others to  embrace a balance with their health as an anecdote to extraordinarily  busy lives.  As a trained Reiki healer — she is uniquely qualified to  help and coach others in taking that first step of a thousand miles —  which passes by quicker, and with more successes, than are imaginable.

Contact Info

Email: denise@chefportillo.com
Phone: (888) 818-0795


Chef Denise Portillo is available for interviews, television appearances, podcasts and speaking engagements on healthy food, yoga, meditation and our search for living a balanced life. See Press Releases which represent a sample of past interviews she has given for news and television outlets in the Los Angeles market.

Email: denise@chefportillo.com

Phone: (888) 818-0795

Press Releases

Los Angeles-based Chef


Chef Denise Portillo interview on Visa LA abc7 TV  on her personal health-conscious journey talking about her quest to heal mind, body and soul through healthy food. 

Breaking Bias:


Chef Portillo was a focus of KTLA Channel 5’s feature segment on breaking bias and sexism.

Made For Chef’s: Showcase Dinner with Denise Portillo


Chef Throwdown event hosted by Made For Chefs at The Knotted Apron in Whittier, CA. Chefs compete head to head for prize and bragging rights. Congrats to chef Denise Portillo!
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Chef Portillo was featured as part of the Food Favorites series from Prada to Nada’s 2011 episode.

LA Chocolate Festival


Chef Denise Portillo’s interview with CBS Los Angeles about the festival and a demonstration of some of the treats!Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

'Mompreneur' Award

The international cosmetics company Jafra surprises Chef Portillo on CBS’s The Talk with a “Momprene

The international cosmetics company Jafra surprises Chef Portillo on CBS’s The Talk with a “Mompreneur” award for finding success while meeting life’s challenges.

LA Child Guidance Clinic & Art With A Heart


Well-known artists from across Los Angeles donating proceeds from their art sales to help local children. Chef Portillo provides her healthy and organic culinary creations to guests at this event. See full press release.



Chef Denise Portillo and family join this fabulous video about joining together as individual within our multi-cultural nation. See the video!



Athena Chef Apparel

Athena Chef Apparel is an amazing  breakthrough chef ware line for cooking staff designed to empower their strengths and creativity with deserving distinction.  Stay tuned for compatible men's line releasing soon!

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Chef Denise Portillo

True Nourishment, Inc. 

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