Simple Culinary Program

Life Changing Results

Even lifetime food professionals like myself can be found in an overweight wilderness.

 I realized the problem I had was partly bad choices and partly incorrect eating habits.

But : 80lbs and 6 sizes later…  and with a big smile on my face and a positive outlook on living and love,

I created Ingredients for Life.

Take advantage of 40 years of food making, and farming  experience to help you make simple, delicious, and  healthy recipes . Losing weight is just a result.                   For you to feel healthy and in charge of your eating habits is my goal.

-everyday, achievable, sustainable, fun, and life changing food-


Group Class Package

Share the joy and fun of cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients with your friends here at the restaurant or in the comfort of your home

Turn your home into one of the finest restaurants in the world

  • Fun and easy to learn Exciting Recipes
  • Delicious food guaranteed
  • Excellent Gluten-Free options you can make at home

2 1/2 -3  hour class depending on Subject

Group Cooking Class with Chef Massimo

Saturday or Sunday Mornings



Per Person, per 3 Hours Minimum of 6 people



Per Person, per 5 class unit

One on One Class Package

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With this Package you receive one on one involvement with personal food coaching from Chef Massimo on

  • Eating Habits
  • Recipe Making
  • Shopping for Healthful Meal Planning Choices- including field trips to Farmers Markets and Local Businesses
  • Nutrition
  • Cooking Classes and Training
  • Obtaining Consistency

First Session $550

Sessions are 3-4 hours each


Following 3 Weeks 1 Session per Week $200 per hour

Includes food, consulting, training and recipe making


Sign up for a 3 Month Program $150 per hour

Meet with Chef Massimo to adress Personal and Culinary issues

A Note from Chef Massimo

Chef Massimo Navarretta -

The evolution of epicurean expression that is Massimo Navarretta has taken many beautiful forms along the more than 40 year journey. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to express myself with restaurants like Enoteca, Scampi, and now Onotria. Growing up on a farm in the vibrant agricultural Italian town of Caserta I stay true to my roots and it is expressed in every dish, as I share glimpses of the first flavors introduced to me as a boy. Starting from my travels in culinary school, I came to understand how through food I could clearly express the essence of each regional cuisine.

Forging relationships with what were, at that time unknown artisanal wine producers (who would later become known as the great producers of their respective regions), I isolated the pronounced flavors inherent in the soil and paired them with local ingredients and intensifying the flavors of each hand crafted dish. This creative and calculated gamble has led to one of the finest and most sought after cellars in Orange County, coupled with a menu offering dishes whose flavors are complimentary down to your last bite. I am pleased and honored to have you as my guest.

The Soul of the Cuisine that I love, is the genuine search of raw ingredients, in-depth knowledge of spices, herbs, and the artistic touch that gives personality and life to the tastes and flavors. The cultural expressions that are handed down through traditions can in time make people prisoners and suppress creativity, keeping the plates and the expression of the chef stagnant .In the kitchen as in life it takes passion and courage to avoid exaggerations in flavors and ostentatious presentations, but  I always choose to bring joy and fun into a dining experience-even if we need to break with tradition. I always keep in mind the moral commitment to guests, safeguarding their health with healthy dishes.

Mangia bene, vivi felice