Amy Choate

A perusal of Amy’s kitchen indicates a deep love and respect for the world of plants, medicinal herbs, and spices.  Her passion for natural foods and lifestyle was born out of a debilitating illness in her early adult years.  Finding little help from traditional sources she was eventually led to natural principles and practices, which enabled her recovery.

Amy is a certified yoga instructor and holds advanced certifications in holistic living and healing with Katri Nordblom, ND.  A natural extension of her training and endeavors was the founding and co-ownership of Natural Philosophy Organic Market & Yoga Studio.  There she was the head chef and recipe developer for the market’s café, which featured organic, plant-based foods with an emphasis on raw foods.

She co-authored the cookbook Naked Nutrition: Whole Foods Revealed (Cedar Fort Publishing, 2015). A cookbook explaining her plant based approach to cooking nutritional foods and a primer on utilizing medicinal herbs in the diet.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Brigham Young University, where she studied piano with Stephan Lindeman and jazz pedagogy and performance with Ray Smith. While at BYU, she was the pianist for the West Side Jazz Quartet, which was named First Place Collegiate Combo at the International Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. She also toured Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy as pianist for BYU's top big band Synthesis, performing for the World Exposition and the Umbria and Montreux Jazz Festivals. In addition to teaching in her own private studio, Amy has taught jazz piano at the Sounds Music Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and as an Adjunct Jazz Piano Instructor at Utah State University.

Amy is passionate about and dedicated to the art of home life.  Her most valued achievements are her marriage to her husband, Josh, and their four children. Despite her extensive training in varied fields, her time is devoted to her most significant and joyful work – the education of her children at home.  

Amy currently resides on the Monticello College Living Campus as onsite faculty.