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If you grew up loving food and cooking like Chef Andre Fowles, the headline of this blog is a no-brainer. Of course what you eat—and how you cook it—affects your mood! But did you know that trying new foods can help you feel better and be open to new experiences? Keep reading to see why and how!

Nothing—Especially Food—Exists in a Vacuum

Hopefully, your vacuum is free from food—but what about the more scientific term for vacuum. Is your food ever “just” food? The best chefs in NJ know better! The food you eat is filled with so many other cues—the memory of a beloved family member showing you how to cook, the excitement of trying your lover’s best dish for the first time, the horrible memories associated with elementary school cafeteria food! That’s why, when Chef Andre caters an event or hosts a pop-up menu, he attends to rest of the scenery, making diners feel comfortable and content.

Share the (Food) Love

Many other languages have specific words for “the people you share meals with.” This concept is so important that it shapes the way we think and taste! Numerous studies have found that people often enjoy food more when eating socially, and when they try new things.

Stuck in a Rut? Eat Differently!

Speaking of trying new things, breaking up your everyday can help you to feel happier and more positive about the future. If you find it hard to change your routine or adapt to everyday stressors, it helps to get out of your comfort zone regularly. That may mean taking a different route to work, or taking the family to a new restaurant! Branch out past your local cuisine and try international cuisine, fusion foods, or foods from lands you’ve never set foot in to expand your horizons.

Whether you’re cooking at home, watching your favorite cooking competition on TV, or planning a food travel extravaganza, keep in mind that your diet affects more than just your waistline! Take a note from Chef Andre and explore cuisines from around the world!