Stephen Orlick attended Kendall College in Chicago and earned a degree in the Culinary Arts. He started out cooking at The Palm Steakhouse in Chicago while attending school. This experience gave Stephen a reverence for high quality and only the freshest, live seafood.
After 9 months at the Palm, Stephen arrived at Moto Restaurant, a prominent and futuristic Molecular Gastronomy experience under the command of Executive Chef Homer Cantu. "I was cooking this super high-end food… quality ingredients, curiosity and taste was the mantra for Moto chefs”. Orlick recalls.
Stephen has since moved from Chicago to Laguna Beach and works in Orange county, Los Angeles and Malibu as a Personal and Private chef.
“ A lot of my clients have families and required me to cook hearty comfort foods for their children but the adults want a low carb choice. People in Southern California play to win. Food is their fuel and an important component of their health and lifestyle. I’m very happy to team up with Dish Republic and offer meals that are based on a Paleo diet. Big flavor and nourishment, for your healthy lifestyle.”
- Stephen Orlick
Here's Chef Stephen's Paleo primer: A Paleo diet should be high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates. Calorie counting is not encouraged, neither is portion control.
Eat generous amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and butter or clarified butter. Olive, avocado and macadamia oil are also good fats to use in salads and to drizzle over food, but not for cooking.
Good amounts of animal protein that includes red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, organs (liver, kidney, heart…), wild caught fish and shellfish. Don’t be scared to eat the fatty cuts and all meals with proteins should contain fat as well. Bones can be utilized in the form of stocks and broths.
Eat generous amounts of fresh vegetables either cooked or raw and served with fat. Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams are also great as a source of non-toxic carbohydrates.
Eat low to moderate amounts of fruits and nuts.
Try to eat mostly fruits low in sugar and high in antioxidants like berries as well as nuts high in omega-3, low in omega-6 and low in total polyunsaturated fat like macadamia nuts.
Cut out all vegetable, hydrogenated and partly-hydrogenated oils including, margarine, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
Eliminate added sugar, soft drinks, all packaged sweets and juices (including fruit juices). As a rule of thumb, if it’s in a box, don’t eat it. At the grocery store, visit primarily the meat, fish and produce sections.
Eliminate dairy products other than butter and small amounts of heavy cream.
Eat when you’re hungry and don’t stress if you skip a meal or even two. You don’t have to eat three square meals a day, do what feels most natural.
Eliminate external stressors in your life as much as possible and sleep at least 8 hours per night.