Luna Voices: Palak Patel's Recipe for Success
For the past 18 years, LUNA has been committed to championing women so they never have to settle. And since we believe it takes one spark to ignite an idea, but strong voices to make it heard, we launched a speaker series called “LUNA Voices” that brings amazing women to the forefront to share their awesomeness and indestructible determination to empower others.
To kick off the series, chef, TV personality, writer, and overall badass Palak Patel came to talk to our employees at Clif Bar & Co. Patel left the corporate world to pursue a life as a chef, and turned her leap of faith into a booming career. Here’s what Patel has to say about her journey so far.
Luna Bar: What is your food philosophy?
Palak Patel: Food is like the ultimate connector. It’s the common denominator.
I grew up with a family of 15, where every single day, food was a production. So, coming from that, I look at it as a celebration, an excuse to get friends and family together and cook and celebrate.
Luna Bar: Who are some of the women who have inspired you or coached you through your career?
Palak Patel: My mom and my grandmother were really just very strong and influential. Mom’s an incredible cook. Early on, I just saw how much connection and involvement she had with food, not just because she had to cook but because she genuinely enjoyed cooking. But also, from all different places in my life, everything from my best friend, to my sister, to reading about Alice Waters and what she’s done for an entire movement, it runs the gamut.