Chef Seamus Mullen will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Viva Fresh Expo in San Antonio, Texas. ( Christine Han Photography )

Seamus Mullen, an award-winning New York chef, cookbook author and wellness expert, will share about his healing journey at the Viva Fresh Expo.

Mullen speaks April 26 at the expo and conference at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.

Mullen, who grew up on an organic farm in Vermont, found fame in 2006, with his inventive modern Spanish cuisine at Boqueria, an acclaimed and successful Spanish restaurant in New York, according to a news release.

Mullen was diagnosed in 2007 with rheumatoid arthritis, which forced him to rethink his relationship with food and led to his first cookbook, “Hero Food,” in 2012. 

“Through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, I was able to successfully turn my health around and overcome what is commonly considered to be an incurable disease,” Mullen said in the release. “Fruits and vegetables played a key role in my journey and are vital for my continued health, which is why I’m excited to share my story at the Viva Fresh Expo and provide valuable tips for how the produce industry can share the message of eating healthy and energize consumers to make changes in their diet.”   

In 2009, Mullen was one of three finalists on the Food Network’s "The Next Iron Chef." Today, he is often featured as a guest judge on the popular Food Network shows “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay” and is a frequent guest on “The Today Show,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show” and “CBS This Morning.”  

Mullen has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago-Tribune and The Guardian. He has written about his experience for The New York Times and through his bimonthly column in Men’s Journal. In August 2017, he released his second cookbook “Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger + Stronger Every Day.”

“From the beginning, a core mission of the Viva Fresh Expo has been to create a platform to bring attention to the importance of the health and nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables,” Dante Galeazzi, president and CEO of the Texas International Produce Association, said in the release. The association created the expo in 2015. “Seamus works directly with a number of leading brands in the food industry to help them better align their products and services with his principles of wellness.”  

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