Veronica Wheat was interviewed by Essex Fells Magazine in February 2021
Born and raised in Southern California, Veronica Wheat is a self-made chef and a certified nutritional therapist from the Health Sciences Academy. Veronica started her business to make people healthy in 2010 by making foods for customers in San Diego. She had a special green drink she used to make for her husband Brandon and herself, made of seven blended dark green vegetables with very little fruit. This is back when green drinks were not a popular thing and there were no fully organic options available.
Veronica used to offer the green drink before a healthy meal, but Veronica’s customers who loved the green drink began wanting the green drink for their friends and families. Eventually, the success of the green drink ended up changing her business model.
Chef V expanded into LA County and Orange County and the green drink blew up like wildfire.
What makes Chef V very different than other green drink juicers out there is that their products are certified organic, highly nutritious, and life changing.
In time, Chef V expanded to San Francisco and the Bay area. In 2014 Veronica and husband moved to NY and expanded into the tristate area. In 2019 Veronica and her husband Brandon decided to move out of NYC because they were growing out of their small facility. They found an old bakery in North Caldwell and ended up moving their facility from Queens to West Caldwell, NJ. So, this is how Chef V came into NJ and became our neighbor!
All the Caldwells went crazy with excitement over this super healthy organic product right around the corner from home.
Every single juice that is sold in a grocery store is pasteurized. Many juice companies use high pressure pasteurization (HPP) that destroys the nutrients in the juice. Oxidation and heat are the two enemies of nutrients. Chef V’s juices are based on a blending process that keeps the fibers intact and delivers rich nutrients to the stomach and the colon.
Veronica uses a proprietary process called “cold blending”, which maintains 40 degrees while blending throughout the process with triple reverse osmosis water – the nutrients are preserved at every stage. Because of the cold and the fibers, Chef V juices can retain nutrients for up to seven days without any additional processing or chemicals. (Typically juices begin losing nutrients after 30 minutes.)
Chef V sources its raw materials from a network of organic farms and suppliers. Your order is blended in their store in West Caldwell and delivered to your doorstep in Essex Fells.
Veronica invites everyone to come to the store and see how the juices are made with utmost personal attention to hygiene and quality. Chef V drinks are low in sugar while being high in nutrients.
Veronica highlights the fact that even when your sugars come from fruits, excess sugar still turns into fat. Chef V juices are at 3 grams of sugar per serving as opposed to 30-40 grams for a regular juice. Most diabetic people cannot have regular fruit juice because it goes above the daily allowance of 20 grams.
Veronica has seen fantastic things happen to her clients because of cleansing with her juices, including a correction of autoimmune disease, diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, weight issues and more – all without cravings or medication. This is her passion and it is what keeps her going.
Chef V also offers vegan protein shakes. Vegan protein shakes and soups for delivery. In store they offer an array of organic smoothies, Acai bowls, and other blended juices.
Veronica’s biggest success story is her client Michael, who lost 235 pounds on her juice program as well as healthy life changes. Michael became one of the greatest advocates of Chef V and his use of the juices became the catalyst to his transition into a healthy lifestyle.
Veronica says: “Healthy living is not an all or nothing choice. People can make small incremental changes towards a healthy lifestyle. As one introduces more healthy and good choices into their lives, they CAN become healthier one step at a time.”
“You can boost your immune system by 1.) Eating something healthy first thing in the morning, 2.) Drinking lots of water, 3.) Getting enough sleep each night to boost your metabolism, and 4. Breathing, relaxing, and meditating.