On March 3rd-5th, plant-based chef and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney will host his first Camp ÂME wellness retreat at Turnberry Isle Miami. The three-day program will help participants looking for a healthier lifestyle through plant-based nutrition. This retreat will feature talks, tips, recipes, and special meals by Matthew Kenney. It will also include a healthy dose of meditation, yoga, and spa treatments at the âme Spa and Wellness Collective. We caught up with Matthew to find out a bit more about his collaboration with âme and his hopes for retreat goers.
What attracted you to âme?
For me, innovation is really important. âme is creating a new standard within the wellness sector. They have considered luxury as it supports our health versus as an indulgence. The tropical climate also supports lighter, fresher, and more vibrant plant-based cuisine that I am recognized for preparing, so it’s a good match.
How does Camp ÂME differ from other programs you have been associated with?
There’s a consideration for guests and their wellness goals that makes their programming and experience unique. I approach cuisine from such a different angle, it’s nice to be aligned with others who are taking a more thoughtful approach.
What do you hope to contribute to âme?
I think education is critical to supporting lasting change. I am excited to be able to teach guests recipes they can take with them and techniques that will empower them to continue to explore raw and plant-based beyond the weekend.
What can your âme clients expect from you?
Guests can expect a flavorful, fun, and hands-on experience. I am looking forward to connecting with clients who are curious about plant-based cuisine that is flavorful and indulgent.
Can you talk a bit about your approach and what drives you?
I am a classically trained chef who felt uninspired by creating cuisine that was rich and heavy, while eating lighter and fresher cuisine in my personal life. After discovering raw and plant-based cuisine that was not prepared with a classical and chef-driven approach, I felt that I could work to change the way people think about food by providing pleasurable dining experiences that also happened to support health. I began in the hospitality and media sector then quickly expanded into culinary education. I continue to be inspired by the transformative nature of plant-based cuisine and the journeys and transformations we are able to participate in and spark.
What’s your favorite thing about Turnberry Isle Miami?
The spa! I really love how modern technology and innovation were applied to developing a world-class spa unlike any I’ve seen.