About Dawn Viola


Hello there! I’m Dawn Viola, a Functional Nutrition Educator and Certified Executive Chef with a focus on real food, from-scratch, clean eating, food as medicine — I call it Honest Food.

I experienced chronic pain for most of my life — debilitating migraines multiple times a week, IBS with constipation, cystic acne, stomach pain and bloating, frequent colds and flu, and painful periods where I literally laid like a stiff plank for three consecutive days, every part of me clenched because the pain was so intense. Sound familiar? If yes, I’m sorry. I know exactly what you’re going through.

Using food to heal my body and reverse the damaged caused from years of misdiagnosed food allergies that manifested into multiple autoimmune symptoms, I launched This Honest Food as a way to help you get back on a path to better health through better food, just like I did.

In addition to developing and testing Honest recipes, I love participating in professional cooking competitions, using our same honest and clean food philosophy. I think the most fun I’ve ever had at a competition was when I appeared on Food Network. I spent a couple of days at Buddy’s Cake Shop in New Jersey filming Cooks vs. Cons, and won the grand prize. You can read more about my Food Network adventure here, and can catch reruns of the episode onĀ  Amazon.

Chef Dawn Viola with Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Chef Anne Burrell, and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.