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Meet Vinita

Happiest when taking a walk in the mountains or eating an organic home-cooked meal with her family, Vinita Contractor, founder of Down 2 Hearth, is a passionate advocate of the benefits of the plant- based diet and lifestyle and doing her bit for the environment. After a professional background in Commerce and subsequently Education (Bachelor's Degree and a certificate in Waldorf education), she found her true calling with Down 2 Hearth after turning vegan in May 2015.

A lifelong learner and lover of yoga, Vinita loves experimenting with new recipes and trying out new combinations, which not only nourish the body but also satiate the taste buds.

Vinita Contractor, is a Nutrition Coach, Wellness Chef, Food consultant and Founder of Down 2 Hearth. She is based in Mumbai, India where she regularly conducts Whole Food Plant- Based (WFPB) cooking and baking workshops. She has also taken cooking demos and workshops in other cities in India as well as in Bali, Indonesia and in the UK. She offers health consultations for weight loss and disease reversal of lifestyle diseases through WFPB foods and other holistic approaches. She conducts Health and Wellness Retreats away from the city amidst nature to experience the power of the WFPB lifestyle in an immersive way. In addition, she also develops plant- based recipes and curates plant- based menus for restaurants and cafes. She has been featured several times in newspaper publications such as Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Midday etc. She also has a YouTube Series of Vegan Cooking with Vegan First which offers in- depth and easy substitutes as well as interesting dishes to support all those who would like to adopt this lifestyle.

Vinita believes in continually learning and expanding one's skills sets. She is trained in and has successfully completed:

  • The Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, New York, US.

  • Raw Food Nutritionist Diploma Course, Centre for Excellence, UK.

  • Culinary Rx, Rouxbe-World's leading online Culinary School, US.

  • The Whole Plant - Based Consultation Training from Sharan, India.

  • Certificate in Ayurvedic Diet from Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Aluva, Kochi, Kerala.

Vinita is married to her best friend and her biggest supporter, and they love travelling with their two sons and being out surrounded by nature!

Wellness Through Food & Beyond
Down 2 Hearth is a passionately run Nutrition and Food consultancy company with an eco-sensitive approach. It offers whole food plant- based cooking workshops, nutrition consultations & food consultancy for restaurants and cafes as well as organic plant-based products.

It supports healthy, conscious & green living

Down  2 Hearth Decoded:
  • Heart: This endeavour is close to our hearts and something we are extremely passionate about.
  • Earth: Sustainable living is important to us and we believe in being sensitive to the earth and environment.
  • Hearth: A hearth represents a fireplace, warmth and home. Every change begins at home!
Down 2 Hearth is the culmination of a love for the environment and the passion to create a healthy self. And more importantly, the belief that the two can coexist!

Our Vision
  • To facilitate & support healthy living through healthy food & lifestyle.
  • To create awareness regarding better choices for our health as well as the health of the planet.

'The future is about a plant- based diet - Jamie Oliver, Chef'