Dr. Michael Beckwith
Scott’s (Chef "S's") cuisine literally sizzles with radiant life energy! His attunement with the healing properties of food provides a purposeful yet playful backdrop for a conscious dining experience by which every body cell drinks in vitality, and every heart cell opens to a palate of inner and outer sensory delight.
Founder Sujok America Acupuncture
Scott Sayre (Chef "S") is an extraordinary chef. You can feel the healing energy and the power of the seasons inside his cooking. What is also exceptional is the taste of the food. He is aware of the five transformations of energy as he cooks food that is best for the season and the condition of the person who he is cooking for.
Scott uses the latest in scientific nutritional information, which he blends with a sweet and thoughtful soul to create splendid food that gently awakens the taste and health of his diners/clients. He is easy to work with, an excellent teacher, and is very well versed in traditional Japanese/Chinese systems of thought.
Yolanda C. Calle
It pleases me greatly to describe the talented Mr. Scott Sayre to you as a macrobiotic chef extraordinaire. With a masterful finesse and ability nothing short of culinary expertise, his meals are exquisite.
In each creative expression of a well trained master chef, Scott creates such sumptuously gourmet macrobiotic feasts that one can always detect his finely orchestrated, truly conscious style of spicy blends in soothing and yet energetically stimulating culinary creations. Scott is a unique nutritional healer with nearly “alchemical” recipes that surpass any I have ever had the privilege of enjoying.
Whether dining on his entrees made of fresh and locally grown vegetables and powerfully nutritious grains, or his protein rich legume soups, salads, smoothies, cookies, cakes or breads, it’s always a wonderfully exciting surprise to taste Scott’s next big one-of-a-kind dish. You have to try everything he makes because each masterpiece will astound your the senses with designer foodie qualities. All
Scott’s dishes are uniquely balanced and artistically created to provide those very fortunate nothing short of a fantastic feast you’ll never forget.
I am the co-owner of Elsa’s Bakery, a community-based café and bakery. Recently Scott Sayre did a class for us about Oriental Facial Diagnosis. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was thoroughly delighted with what the class offered to the customers who attended. Scott is a very entertaining and knowledgeable speaker who comes at nutrition from a very different angle. He has thoroughly studied ancient Japanese/Macrobiotic healing philosophy about food, and his presentation made understanding the concepts easy to follow and enjoyable.
He helped my customers to use their own faces as guides for understanding what is going on inside their system. He seems to be remarkably accurate. All those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the class, and even requested that he do a follow-up cooking class.
Scott was a delight to have teach in my café/bakery and is an expert in what he teaches about. I wasn’t expecting to, but I learned a lot, myself. I encourage you to listen to Scott when he talks about health and especially together with food.
Mauria - Student
Scott Sayre’s Conscious Cooking Class was indeed a lesson in consciousness, in the preparation, cooking and eating of food. We learned how to make five entrees and 1 condiment, all of which were macrobiotic, vegetarian, healthy and delicious.
Consciousness, the theme of the cooking class was evident as Scott carefully regarded each vegetable as if it were sacred. His kinship with these vegetables was palpable as he show us how to peel and cut them, respecting the structure, texture and energy of the vegetable itself.
We learned how to use a sharp knife consciously, with two techniques for safe cutting and chopping. We were also shown how to peel and chop a “tearless” onion, and how to use a pressure cooker.
When it came time to eat we were reminded that each food was a gift to enhance our health, and we gave thanks. Indeed, each vegetable, seed, root and grain used in these dishes are powerful therapeutic foods, useful for such conditions as hypo/Diabetes, and with properties such as blood purification and rebuilding.
From Scott’s example I am learning to be more conscious of the foods I prepare and eat. I now realize that if I turn in to them more fully these foods will provide more healing energy and nutrients to me. We will, in fact, be in partnership in achieving and maintaining my good health.
I learned a lot in Scott’s Conscious Cooking Class and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in health and self-healing.
Virgie True "yogalicious"
There is magic in this book. It's different. It's going to feed you, teach you, and heal you. I keep trying to define it as something other than a cookbook; a lifestyle book, perhaps. It contains affirmations and prayers, after all, which I've never seen in any other collection of recipes. Ultimately, though, Scott Sayre truly believes in cooking and presents the act as a metaphor for living in harmony with the earth.
Does the word harmony turn you off? Then don't get this book. It's singularly spiritual, but in a very practical way. As Sayre presents food, it simply makes sense to slow down and enjoy everything you are smelling, touching, seeing, tasting, feeling, hearing, and eating. It's a gentle book; relaxing, like a zephyr through your hair, that calls to mind Kathy Hinoji [Kathy Cooks Naturally].
But there's an underlying intensity that is surprisingly balls out and seductive. This isn't raw food, people. Hip Hop Sushi expects you to get involved with your food and sometimes that means heat. Make no mistake, Scott Sayre has a passionate relationship with food and he gives us total access to this intimacy.
He's kind of a twenty-first century Julia Child, in that respect; utterly unafraid to be publicly inspired by his own culinary lust. The recipes are off the beaten path, but not totally unfamiliar. Sayre has deep background and skills, but manages to restrain himself from overwhelming someone with less food confidence. It's inviting and not a bit intimidating. Those of you who have seen it all, however, will likely be impressed by this novel approach and some awesome recipes. A few of my favorite headings: Creating Syrup From Almost Any Kind of Juice; Baby, You Upset Me; Buttercup Squash with Quinoa and Chestnuts. And here's an affirmation to keep: We cannot fight while we chew.
Jonah - Musician
Scott embodies what we should all embody: pure love. He believes we are here to help each other and spread love, simply be the light and spread the light. He is making a huge impact right downtown in Skid Row, healing and setting people free through food and music.
I’m really grateful because he basically took me under his wing and his helping me find these secrets to healing through music and food, something I have been trying to do for a while.
I’m a musician and I want to specifically heal people with sound, and Scott has given me a platform to doing exactly that, play music in Skid Row and help people find freedom and happiness in the present moment.
He knew I was lacking the fire element in my diet and gave me an amazing recipe and every single spice is intentional. He goes off of traditional Chinese medicine, based on the 5 elements, earth, fire, water, metal and wood.
Not only is Scott an incredible Chef and Healer, he is an amazing musician with an incredible ear. We sat down at the piano together and he gave me a totally new and different approach to playing and healing through music. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and Scott is giving me life tools that I can use forever.
Scott Sayre is like a magician with food. He is absolutely brilliant in his ability to use food to heal wounded parts of the self. After meeting me just a couple times, he prepared a diet of foods that will help me feel at my best. I’m not talking about just a simple list, but a complete package: the vitamins, minerals and something called the amino acids (which I’m still not sure what that really is) found in each of the foods he listed, even beyond that he told me which of the internal organs or conditions each of the foods addressed.
But just as important and beyond that, his cooking is absolutely the best I’ve tasted. He has a deep relationship to a spiritual core which allows him to bring the best and highest energy into whatever he cooks.
I had a party where he cooked for high-profile friends Each person was so delighted by his food that I had a deluge of texts the next day about this special man and the out of this world taste of his creations.
Don’t walk, run when Scott cooks to the front of whatever line it takes. Give yourself the sweet gift of his cooking, his healing prowess, and the presence he brings to each and every person who dines on his food.
Musician - Founder of CuttleFish
I took a personal cooking class from Scott Sayre and was introduced to the art of sushi making. Scott’s class was very organized, with good attention to detail and all the subtle artful techniques of preparing and making sushi.
We started the class by buying the fresh tuna and salmon and all the other ingredients for sushi. Through Scott’s help and guidance I was able to get the ingredients and bring them to his house for the preparation of the sushi.
We started by cooking the rice and then began cutting and organizing the ingredients. This is where Scott’s cooking mastery really shined! He took me through the fine art of using the Knife in cutting the vegetables and the fish and here he was like a zen master. His cutting technique is so smooth and effortless and he conveyed the technique with great patience and love. He was always pointing out the importance of keeping things clean as we went along and here was a great lesson for me in being mindful and consistent in cooking etiquette and hygiene. This did challenge me to pay attention to detail and be patient and aware in the here and now. I was realizing through Scott’s example this is meditation in action!
As we were preparing the sushi and its ingredients, Scott would demonstrate the cutting technique and then have me try to repeat which was very effective in hands on learning! I was learning along the way by doing under Scott’s expert eye. I felt success immediately and was always encouraged and positively reinforced. This made the class very enjoyable and something I could take home and do myself! I have been interested in making sushi for a while and now I was in the situation where I was able to realize it!
After the rice was prepared and all the fish and ingredients were cut and really we were now ready to roll the seaweed into sushi rolls. This was the fun part and was the reward for all the time spent in the more tedious preparation process. Scott demonstrated how to take the rice and place the fish and vegetable into the seaweed and use the bamboo roller. I watched him and then Scott turned me loose to make the rolls as I ended up with full complete delicious sushi rolls which I brought home to my family for dinner.
Scott’s class taught me how to make sushi rolls and is something I can always do now as I want. Not only that it went deeper, Scott’s cooking mastery and loving example of how to be in the kitchen and prepare food was for me a lesson in how to use cooking as a spiritual and meditative discipline while also making tasty and good meals!!