Food for Thought: A Gentleman’s taste buds. Featuring Chaz Hammonds

“Food for the soul begins with the food that you grow.”


Food is the way to a man’s heart, but the question still remains. Is the food we intake good for the heart? Every gentleman loves a home-cooked meal, there’s no doubt about it. However, the ability to create such masterpieces begins with an individual’s creativity and desire to add a unique stamp to each meal.

I always admired my grandmother’s soul food growing up. I wanted to make the food that she was infamous for, but with a little twist. The challenge has always been making those same great-tasting dishes healthy enough for myself and others to eat. I started taking pictures of everything I ate to do so in October of 2013. I documented foods that would be considered good and bad, as well as the foods I found to be most delectable. I began to effectively see the amount of food and contents of each meal I was eating. These photos made me realize the amount of bad foods and toxins that I was consuming daily. I immediately knew that there had to be a change in a gentleman’s lifestyle, rather than his temporary diet.

As the months went by I started to change the food I was consuming while documenting the food I cooked with recipes on social media. It was time to create dishes that would allow me to stay healthy, live longer and get fit. To start off the 2014 year I created @Soulfitgrill on Instagram. Image

I began making simple changes such as grilling and baking instead frying my food. Months went by and people started to notice the difference. That is when I started adding recipes to my photos. I wanted to share the experience with my friends, family and various communities so they may know how to cook healthy food with flavor. During the Spring of 2014 I built my own backyard-garden where I grew multiple vegetables such as: tomatoes, zucchini, banana peppers, anaheim peppers, jalapenos, cilantro and collard greens. Growing my own vegetables allowed me to arbitrate exactly what I consumed. In today’s generation, it is pertinent that we are aware of the many foods we eat. Not everything that looks “organic” rings true in today’s society.

With more than 2,000 later, I’ve been privileged to motivate a generation of people who wish to lead fit and healthy eating lives. Though it is rare to see a young man grow and cook his own produce, I believe it has inspired others to do the same and more. You don’t have to have a green thumb to grow your own garden and I’m living proof of just that.





Chaz Hammonds

Owner and Creator of SoulFitGrill


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