Jenny Ross, the executive chef of the 118 Degrees raw food restaurant at the Camp, has catered to a small but choice crowd in her years as a restaurateur. The Orange County native founded the Taste of the Goddess Cafe in Los Angeles before launching her new enterprise in Costa Mesa last year — and she’s served a few famous people along the way. Ross spoke to the Daily Pilot before another arduous day of not cooking for her customers.
There’s a lot of talk nowadays about going green. Does raw food benefit the environment?
Absolutely. It’s probably one of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the Earth because, eating raw food, you’re eating all plant-based foods, and 99% of the time, you’re supporting organic and biodynamic farming, which replenishes the ecosystem where food is grown.
Do you ever indulge yourself and eat hot food?
You know, when you start eating this way — and I’ve eaten raw food for seven years now — you don’t look at it as an indulgence. It would be taking away from the way I feel on a daily basis. The focus is not on the lack of what you don’t have. It’s on the great things you’re doing for your body and your soul.