Chef Paul Buchanan Biography
Chef Paul Buchanan is a leader in the Slow Food movement. His passion for locally sourced ingredients drove him to open Primal Alchemy Catering (PAC) after working for esteemed chefs Nancy Silverton (Campanile, La Brea Bakery), Pascal Olhats (Pascals), Joachim Spichel (Patina) among others. As the first true Farm-to-Table catering company in Southern California, PAC has created seasonal, locally sourced cuisine to the TED Conference, Friends of Cabrillo Aquarium, Molina Healthcare, United States Green Building Council, Building Healthy Communities and Nature Conversancy, just to name a few.
In his efforts to elevate food education Chef Paul founded Days of Taste in 1999 which is a 2 day educational program for 4th graders focused on real food, natural ingredients, how to shop at farmers markets and cooking from scratch.
Chef Paul Buchanan participates in Kids in the Kitchen, Chefs Collaborative, American Institute of Wine and Food, guest chefs at several “Real Food” events throughout the year and founded the Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner held at The Growing Experience in the Camelitos Housing Development now in it’s 8th year. In addition, he is one of the founding members of The Ecology Center’s Community Table Accord which includes liked minded chefs such as Alice Waters.
Award winning, Chef Paul has been instrumental in cultivating the urban agricultural movement, advocating for healthy food in schools and is dedicated to food education, sustainable efforts and, of course… cooking what nature provides.