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DiCristo Meals, A Perfectly Matched Duo, In And Out Of The Kitchen

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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 11:32 am

It might seem unusual that a chef, specializing in southern soul food, would partner with a fitness instructor who specializes in weight-loss. And at first look, it might seem even more unusual that the new business partners would fall in love and get engaged.

After spending just a little time with the local couple, it’s clear that Chef Pamela Jones and Coach Christopher DiCristo are a perfect match, both in and out of the kitchen.

Jones, a Georgia native and professional chef that specializes in Cajun and Southern Cuisine, shares how she has struggled with weight most of her life. At her largest, she tipped the scales weighing close to 500 pounds, acknowledging how she spent many years eating her feelings away.

DiCristo, who is a self-described health fanatic, has spent time in the gym since he was a child, which became a safe place for him to not only work out, but to pray and meditate. Combined with a curiosity for nutritious foods and a passion for fitness, he committed himself to eating foods that fuel the body and mind in a healthy way. He eventually earned his ISSA personal training certificate, and moved from New York to LA in 2015.

Jones, recognizing that she needed to make a drastic lifestyle change, was introduced to DiCristo by a mutual friend. She was his first client. They began their work-outs taking things slow, with walking, easy hikes, squats, and some light weights. He introduced her to the concept of healthy, mindful eating, and offered endless support. While Chef Pamela couldn’t commit to eating chicken breast and kale every night, she and Coach Chris began working in the kitchen to create alternatives. And the weight started coming off, and continues to come off. Jones has lost nearly 129 pounds to date.

The pair went from being trainer/client to becoming friends and confidants, and soon enough, they were business partners. Six months after they met, though, Jones came out of remission, and spent 18 months undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, with DiCristo by her side the entire time. While they weren’t officially dating yet, Jones notes that he was very present and strong, and was instrumental in her healing. DiCristo explains that he had a nagging voice in his head that insisted she was the one, having an “Aha!” moment that would change both of their lives.

After a year of cooking and training together in LA, the two agreed to make the move to San Diego, which was a frequent escape for Jones when she needed to relax and get away from the hectic LA lifestyle. Initially, they did a pop-up style restaurant in Little Italy, and were shocked at the response. They weren’t sure how people would respond to Southern and Cajun food, but they sold out every weekend for 3 ½ months. Following that success, they took over another outdoor space in Little Italy, which they eventually closed in January, as the kitchen became too small to accommodate the demand.

When the two went searching for a new space, they initially looked in North Park, La Jolla and Del Mar, but DiCristo suggested they consider Coronado. They both knew that they wanted to be near the beach, and loved the community and small-town feel that Coronado offers.

They found an amazing space that they are turning into something quite special. I had the opportunity to get a sneak preview, and this is something Coronado will most certainly embrace. DiCristo is currently coaching at Sweat Equity, and also has a healthy meal plan delivery service that he shares with Chef Pamela, called DiCristo Meals. The service creates individual plans for individuals and couples, offering vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo options, which are prepared in a local industrial kitchen. They also offer family meals.

Jones offers catering for local events, and teaches a variety of classes to young kids, teens, and adults. She is a natural with the kids, creating fun goodies like spider cupcakes and graveyard enchiladas for a themed Halloween Class. I had the pleasure of attending her southern cooking class, where I learned some new tricks and recipes that I am happy to add to my repertoire.

DiCristo popped the question on July 2 of this year, and the couple is preparing for December wedding, which Jones is boldly catering herself.

To learn more about DiCristo’s meal plans and fitness plans, please visit www.christopherdicristo.com and www.dicristomeals.com

To learn more about Jones’ classes and catering services, please visit www.pamelaskitchentable.com.

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