Who is The Protein Chef?

Derek Howes, that’s who! He’s a (certified) personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on this blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured all over (even on Dr. Oz) are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


How The Protein Chef Started

It all started in the beginning of 2009 when Derek created The Protein Chef to offer his original, quick, healthy, and affordable recipes to his clients. Before the launch of The Protein Chef he was quickly realizing that getting his clients to workout wasn’t the issue, it was getting them to stick to a diet. Wanting to reach a larger audience he decided to start uploading his recipes in video form to YouTube and soon after, the new YouTube schedule was born! These recipes now 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 personal experience.

You can also check The Protein Chef out in our monthly column in Train Magazine!

Baking Protein

Derek Howes created the super simple (and affordable) Baking Protein with the help of Labrada Nutrition. The goals of this protein were to be free of artificial ingredients, have no fillers, and to have limited flavoring (the root causes of a failed baking recipe). All of these goals were accomplished! This powder was a limited release that made it onto shelves at Vitamin Shoppe, on Bodybuilding.com, and inside many supplement shops around the world!

Recipe Book

Derek Howes, The Protein Chef has helped thousands all over the world lose weight and gain muscle without giving up the luxury of great tasting food. Over the last decade he’s been creating healthier alternatives to unhealthy food in his attempt to set the world free of bland and boring diets. This series, Delicious Dieting, features exclusive recipes you thought you couldn’t eat but can! Is your sweet tooth kicking in? Make one of The Protein Chef’s famous low fat and high protein cheesecakes! Craving something savory? Bodybuilding Mac & Cheese should do the trick!

Every book in the Delicious Dieting series is packed with healthy breakfast, dessert, lunch, dinner, AND side recipes for any diet

Check his first recipe book out by clicking here.

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  • 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.

  • I love your recipes and what you do I think is amazing!! I need your help Protein Chef……..working 60 hours a week and with a baby- I need ‘on the go’ high protein snacks!!

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