We strive to immerse our guests in a Cal-a-Vie culinary experience that embraces mindful eating and reconnects with real food. Our cuisine features nutrient-packed dishes inspired by the garden that are artfully presented and served with genuine hospitality. Our intention is to model authenticity in the way we interact with our food, our health, and the communities in which we live – and empower our guests to do the same.
Curtis Cooke joined the award-winning Cal-a-Vie Health Spa as Executive Chef in 2013. For 16 years prior to that, he helmed the kitchens at some of the most renown destination spas in the United States. “The foundation for a healthy, happy life begins with food.” This concept is at the center of Cooke’s masterful healthy cooking philosophy and is incorporated throughout the entire Cal-a-Vie culinary experience. Cooke encourages guests to fall in love with the flavors of nature by sharing his passion for color, texture, and scent in order to prove that simple, healthy eating can be elevated to gourmet status. For every meal, Chef Curtis strives for the guest to experience the ‘potager to plate’ process and to accent the food by bringing the focus all the way back to the seed.
R.D. M.P.H. Nutritionist
May practices a functional medicine approach to diet and lifestyle by addressing underlying causes rather than symptoms. She believes that personalization is the key to success and that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” diet for everyone.
May has an undergraduate degree in animal physiology and neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. She received her Master’s in public health from Loma Linda University, specializing in nutrition and health education. May has had extensive training and experience in educating and consulting on various topics related to healthy eating, behavior modification, and achieving optimal health.
Ashley Van Leuven
Food and Beverage Manager
Armed with a dream of working in an atmosphere that inspires creativity and encourages a hands-on, personalized approach as it relates to the guest experience, Ashley came to Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in 2013. She works closely with Executive Chef Curtis Cooke to ensure that guest special requests are met, and to create a warm, welcoming dining atmosphere for the guests to enjoy.