Who We Are


is the head chef/co-owner of Skinny Buddha Inc. She is a certified Holistic Health Counselor trained in Ayurvedic nutrition. Elyce received her formal education at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, and supplemented it with classes at the Natural Gourmet Cooking School. Elyce launched a catering business for The City Bakery in Manhattan, catered for Estee Lauder, Good Day New York, Saturday Night Live, and has been a contestant on CNN2/HLN Networks, “Cook Your Ass Off”. “CHEF E” will not only make sure you are nourishing your body with the organic, wholesome “fuel” you need, she guarantees you will delight in every bite as you transform into a SKINNY BUDDHA.


Shaka Taffawa is the Head Trainer/Co Owner of Skinny Buddha Inc.  He is a NASM certified personal trainer and (FNS) Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Shaka has also received his NYS massage therapy license from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan, New York. Known to many as SHAKA THE K.I.N.G. this modern day Renaissance Man has a training style that mimics the way he patterns his life. He emphasizes goal setting, planning, evaluation, and variety to help his clients accomplish their goals. Shaka’s experience includes Sports massage at the New York Marathon/Triathalon as well as fighting in the U.S.A. Olympic Qualifiers, Empire State Games, and finals of the Golden Gloves in Madison Square Garden. SHAKA THE K.I.N.G. most certainly has the tools and experience to make a SKINNY BUDDHA out of you.

Associate Buddha
Meryl Heller, CDN