Courtney Contos is a chef, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, and speaker. She was raised and mentored in downtown Chicago under the expertise of her acclaimed restauranteur father, Bill Contos.
Courtney carried on her father’s vision by working in restaurants and cooking schools until ultimately attaining her degree in culinary arts from Kendall Culinary School in Chicago. She opened Chef Contos Kitchen & Store in Vermont, which was featured by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the best cooking schools in the world – focused on culinary education and chef-curated retail.
Amidst her successes, she struggled and suffered for years with chronic pain due to a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Her rheumatologist declared on numerous occasions that her condition would never change and that she would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. Unwilling to accept this fate, she persevered to find a solution, and in 2018 – along with her Functional Medicine doctor, she set out to overcome her autoimmune disease. After decades of systemic inflammation, multiple health issues, and over six years of severe foot pain, she now takes pain-free steps with immense gratitude!
Having been so positively impacted by her healing journey – she merged her rich experience as a culinary leader and educator with overcoming her autoimmune disease by becoming a certified Functional Medicine Wellness Coach. Courtney’s mission is to help others transform their health by guiding people in the right direction when they find themselves stuck without wellness support.