The Awakened Leader with Palak Patel

From a Comfortably Numb Celebrity Chef To a Vibrant Creator with Palak Patel & Barry Stamos


No longer comfortably numb, celebrity chef Palak Patel speaks about how her Ayahuasca experience with 1heart forever changed her life and elevated her into an unstoppable, vibrant creator. She speaks vulnerably about the insights, breakthroughs, and takeaways she’s embodied, thanks to her experiences at our transformational ayahuasca retreat organization.


Episode Description:

In our fourth episode, our Chief Manifestation Officer, Barry Stamos, interviews Palak Patel from Journeys 7 and 11. Palak is a highly intelligent, vibrant, beautiful being and a radiant ball of light. She also happens to be a professional powerhouse!

Having moved from India to the United States at age 12, she left her corporate career to follow her passion and graduated from the French Culinary Institute. She is a well-known classically trained chef and Atlanta restaurant owner, having been a two-time food network champion as the winner of Food Network’s famed shows Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.

Palak was also a guest judge on Food Network, a finalist on Food Network Star season 14, a TEDx speaker, and the chef at the Institute of Culinary Education. She has partnered with high-profile brands like BMW, Well+Good, Whole Foods, and Hello Fresh. Harper Collins is publishing her first book called “INVITED: Recipes for Joy and Connection.”


In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why food, especially plants, can be powerful medicine even if you believe there is no healing to do
  • How she overcame her greatest fears and finally took that giant Leap of Faith
  • What it’s like to live your life with the mindset and heartset of being unstoppable
  • Her daily rituals and routines that keep her connected to Source
  • And so much more…


About 1heart:

1heart is an all-inclusive human accelerator designed to fully elevate your mind, body, and spirit. Our 1 week fully immersive retreat and 7 weeks of virtual preparation & integration experience brings together high-performing entrepreneurs, CEOs, leaders, and change-makers with (sacred) ancient and modern modalities for intense personal growth to deeply align your individual and our collective purposes for maximum life fulfillment.

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DISCLAIMER: In sharing stories from leaders who have used plant medicine, including ayahuasca, to elevate their lives, we are not recommending it to you or suggesting that it will have the same results. Each individual will react differently to the medicine, which can be largely shaped by the set and setting of your experience as well as your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state prior to joining. If you’re interested in this or a similar experience, we recommend you do your own research and speak to others who have done it so you can best determine if it is a good fit for you at this time. Should you decide to do so, we strongly suggest doing so with great reverence and respect for the medicine and the powerful effects it can create in your life. We also recommend anyone working with this medicine spend time preparing themselves before their ceremony(s) and have resources lined up to support them in their integration post-ceremony(s).

Also, it is important to note that the plants and compounds mentioned in this post are still illegal in many countries, and even possession can carry severe criminal penalties. None of this post constitutes medical advice or should be construed as a recommendation to use psychedelics. There are serious legal, psychological, and physical risks. Psychedelics are not for everyone—they can exacerbate certain emotional problems, and there have been, in very rare cases, fatalities.