About Derek

The Protein Chef is a diet, fitness and nutrition website which is operated by Derek Howes, The Protein Chef. Derek created The Protein Chef to offer his original, quick, healthy and affordable recipes. These recipes include high protein desserts, snacks, sides and meals that can all be found on this website or his YouTube. He also created The Protein Chef to offer his opinion on health and fitness related topics based on over a decade of research and experience.




  • Love your recipes!! You have done a great job improving the website it’s user friendly and easy to navigate. Your videos have improved with the cost you incorporated. Keep up the good work!!
    You inspire me and my family to be healthy!!

  • Derek, just wanted to shoot you a quick line to thank you for bringing out my inner chef that I never knew existed. I just completed an 8-month bodybuilding competition prep, just narrowly missing my natural pro-card. I came in the best shape of my life, by far!

    During prep my go-to meals were the tuna feta muffins (using fat free feta), grasshopper protein mug cake, homemade protein bars (I used pistachio sugar/fat free pudding which I highly recommend for oatmeal as well). I made protein sweet potato pie nearly every day including the day of the competition as my “carb up”. I actually consumed 2 full pies the day of the show and would not hesitate to do it again! My wife and I now enjoy baking together for the first time and it has inspired her to drop some baby weight! Heck, even my 2 year old loves the sweet potato pie!

    • Drew! I love hearing stuff like this man, I can’t thank you enough for your feedback. Being able to eat great tasting food is a huge luxury in life and to still be able to do it while you prep for a show is changing the game! How many people would have prepped this way just a decade ago? You’re changing the game Drew and you’ll get that pro card soon!

  • Derek,
    I watch the youtube videos almost daily, you are a genious. I’ve been trying to incorporate more cottage cheese into my diet like you’ve suggested.
    1. Put them in scrambled eggs
    2. I made a creamy vegetable soup with California blend veggies, 2%milk, cottage cheese, fat free shredded cheddar, and some bacon bits for flavor
    Also, I made your “egg/oat flour” pizza, (loved it), but the 2nd time I made it I cooked individual servings in a non stick skillet so I could make personal pizzas for the whole family. They looked like pancakes but tasted amazing.

    You make cooking healthy fun.

    Daric Peadro

  • I have a major sweet tooth and your recipes are really going to help me bake healthy high protein goodies. Thank you so much! You seriously deserve more recognition. Keep up the great work!

  • Hey Derek! Absolutely adore this site!
    As someone who has an almost insatiable sweet tooth, this website is my new encyclopedia of eating clean while maintaining my own sanity.

    I was wondering if you take requests for a recipe?
    A protein Boston Cream Pie would be delectable!

    Thanks so much, man!

  • I just happened to stumble across your video while searching for low carb high protein recipes on YouTube and then found all your other sites and I had to tell you that this really made my day. I’m really turning my life around to getting in better health and losing weight. This is the best, Thank you and keep up the great work.

  • Love making those recipes! Do you know when the second issu for your revipe book will be available? I’ve already done all the recipes in the first one.

  • I have started making some of your recipes that are both low carb send low fat. As a 51 year old who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my challenge is to find low carb (to keep my blood sugar in check) and low fat (to reduce my cardiac risk). All too often, low carb recipes are very high fat (especially saturated fat) I know I’m not quite your demographic but some more low-carb low-saturated fat recipes would be much appreciated by those of us living with diabetes.

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