The unique Surf Spa Food program is hand crafted by Samantha Gowing to service the niche in the global marketplace for a spa cuisine specialist in the booming arena of luxury lifestyle retreats, health spas and elegant beach resorts. Benefits to industry include intensive one-on-one training in the healing cuisines, exclusive cooking demonstrations, conference presentations ready-to-go spa food menus, management systems and kitchen templates.
In 2015 Sam was engaged to be the agent for change for the kitchen and redesign the entire menu format at Gwinganna. “It is my pleasure to introduce Samantha Gowing. A talented woman, Sam has proven skills and expertise as a nutritionist she is a wonderful chef and is an excellent business woman. She is rare talent who will tantalise your tastebuds, educate your mind, develop your business acumen and delight your clients. Enjoy!” Sharon Kolkka, GM
Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat
“The food prepared by brilliant Executive Chef Samantha Gowing was delicious and therapeutic and helped us all detox in the most pleasant way. The ingredients sourced locally are fresh and full of flavour and our meals included lots of vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, chicken and seafood and all special diets and allergies were catered for. The menu was primarily free of dairy, gluten, caffeine and sugar and after a couple of days I lost my sugar and other cravings. By the end of the week everyone was glowing with vitality.”
In May 2016 Sam was transported from lush Byron Bay to the turquoise waters of Laamu, invited as a guest chef to create a series of degustation dinners and spa workshops. Working with the stellar crew at Six Senses Laamu has been a highlight of the Surf Spa Program Sam delivers. Guests were treated to an introduction to native Australian ingredients blended with her signature food as medicine culinary techniques.
The Kempinski was a five-star beach hotel located on the east coast of Zanzibar, with over 110 rooms and a handful of suites and private villas it is certainly one of the largest hotels on the island. You will find a good standard of facilities here as you would at any Kempinski chain around the world. Although the hotel does not has its own beach in front of the hotel, you can take a short drive in a golf cart to their beach which is also partnered with a very good water sports centre where you can dive, snorkel and arrange sailing lessons.
“It has been said, by persons more uncharitable than yourself, that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, Samantha Gowing, an award-winning restaurateur in her native Australia, believes that you can plough on past the heart and reach the soul. Sam’s retreat at the boutique hotel Kahanda Kanda, on a working tea estate only 30 minutes from Galle, uses food as medicine, fixing digestive disorders and food sensitivities through Zen macrobiotics and traditional Chinese medicines, as well as promoting wellness and healing with motivational mindset techniques and meditation.” The Sunday Times
Our interactive, team building incentives for the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa include Corporate MasterChef events, Superfood Challenges, Food As Medicine Keynote address and exclusive, hands on culinary masterclasses. Positioned only minutes to the iconic melting pot of Byron town, this world class resort is your perfect place to get away from it all, a place that allows you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Book a treatment at the resort’s luxurious day spa.
World-class speakers from all over the world share their holistic perspectives on a future committed to healing. “Food is a celebration of life and a mirror of our society. The healing happens where there is no mind. Food is about your cellular resonance of what is in front of you. Delivering healthy food is about changing people’s mindset. Is your food philosophy matching your hotel philosophy?” – Spa Chef Samantha Gowing, Berlin 2015.
“It all began with yoga and the idea of a good health, well-being, yoga festival in Ubud. It transpired into a friendship across the seas that has spanned a decade of jokes and joyous meetings. It has been said we are like sisters and there is no doubt that there is a timeless bond that unites us. Our medicine is love and laughter and, between the two of us, we are very good at that! Sam’s knowledge about the secret life of food is extraordinary and I bow to her endless knowledge on all that is edible.” Janet DeNeefe, Casa Luna, Bali
The inspiration for the Grail Springs Food As Medicine philosophy originates from observations, guest experiences, and the consistent study of evidence based health research that clearly demonstrates that there are powerful healing properties of individual ingredients. Grail Springs concludes that the holistic food synergy is greater than the sum of each part. In 2015 Sam Gowing was engaged to devise a new food as medicine philosophy for Grail Springs and train the kitchen and floor staff with her approach to food and healing.
Gowings Food Health Wealth is a global wellness solutions company founded by Le Cordon Bleu Master, Chef and Clinical Nutritionist Samantha Gowing in 2000. At her Byron Bay Cooking School Samantha teaches participants to embrace all things healthy in her hands-on Food as Medicine workshops and executive wellness events. She creates her signature culinary programs for luxury hotels, spas and health retreats worldwide. Sam’s dynamic, disruptive mentoring programs help food and health entrepreneurs by utilising her proven marketing methods of Wellness Business Solutions.
Food as Medicine Cooking Classes
Le Cordon Bleu Master Chef Samantha Gowing (Dip.Hlth.Sci.-Nut; LCBMGastTour) help put food as medicine on the map by using her unique blend of award-winning clinical nutrition, fine dining and business expertise. Her classes are hilarious, informative and delicious! Find A Class
Resort and Spa Consulting
As Australia's Spa Cuisine Guru, Sam handcrafts menus and bakes kitchen systems that service the global wellness tourism marketplace & the booming arena of luxury lifestyle retreats, clean eating restaurants, health spas and beach resorts. Visit Resorts
Executive Team Building Events
Sam has been teaching food as medicine in her popular cooking classes and onsite corporate events for more than fifteen years. Competitive, executive master chef challenges bring work teams together in a fun and educational environment. Download Brochure
Whether you're a startup business, health practitioner, chef, author or cyber warrior, Sam's proven wellness business mentoring programs help food and health professionals become entrepreneurs and much happier business people. FREE Discovery Session.
Inspiring. Empowering. Hilarious & Entertaining. Be it speaking to international heavyweights in the spa and food industry or helping the next up and coming cafe, restaurant or health practitioner, Sam Gowing is an incredible mentor with a wealth of experience in health and nutrition, wisdom and the all-too-rare common sense. Watch Sam