3 Reasons to Love Clermont’s New Cooking Shop

This Honest Food opened June 28 in the Clermont Landing Plaza.

| By Kathryn Deen |

If you love to cook or want to learn– if you eat healthy or want to start — there’s a new shop for you!

This Honest Food opened its doors on June 28 in the Clermont Landing Plaza, at 2419 S. Highway 27. It’s a holistic teaching kitchen and kitchen retail store geared toward healthy eating.


You’ll find it in the new standalone building that also houses Kay Jewelers across from Epic Theatres. (Google Maps hasn’t picked it up yet, so we’ve noted it for you below.)

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This Honest Food was among Clermont’s surge of about 120 new businesses opening in 2017-’18, according to the CityClermont ranks among WalletHub‘s top 25 percent of the best small U.S. cities to start a business.

Chef-Owner Dawn Viola invited Clermont Magazine inside for an exclusive sneak peek a few days before opening. In case you missed it, you can watch our Facebook Live video tour of the store with a cooking demo.


Here are three reasons that you just might love This Honest Food.

1. Quality Cooking Products

Step inside This Honest Food and enter a small, tidy retail shop packed with all sorts of kitchen gadgets and gizmos.

An array of white serving dishes and silver cooking tools with a clean, modern look are neatly displayed. You’ll find mixers, blenders, spiralizers, fermentation jars, whisks and tongs, cookware and bakeware. Their line of stainless professional tools includes the industry’s top try-ply cookware.


These pieces are built to last, but their price tags won’t break the bank thanks to special deals the owner has secured with notable brands.

You’ll find very little plastic or silicon in the store. That’s because Dawn carefully selected cooking tools with materials that support good health, like glass, wood, stainless steel and stoneware.


Sturdy aprons and a selection of cookbooks also line the walls. This place is a haven for gifts or treat-yourself purchases at a range of prices.


2. Fun, Educational Cooking Classes

Where else in Clermont can you go for cooking classes?! This is an awesome option to have in our backyard.


Straight back through the store is a modern tiled white kitchen with a row of bar stools. Belly up and prepare to be schooled in healthy cooking and wellness.

Everything is made from scratch with whole foods and organic, humanely raised, local options whenever possible. Dawn shares techniques, tips and the latest culinary nutrition information.

There are demo-style and hands-on classes geared to kids, women, families — you name it.  Classes range from 90 minutes to multi-day or multi-week boot camp and workshop style.

Coming up this month are Vegetarian Pestos and Sauces; How to Eat Organic on a Budget; and Girl’s Night Out — Lip Balms & Lotions, to name a few. Here’s the full schedule. Plus, you can book private classes and events here.

3. Celebrity Chef Alert!

Chef-owner Dawn Viola is kind of a big deal.

The certified executive chef has appeared on Food Network, Martha Stewart, Cooking with Emeril, and has won multiple gold and silver medals for her professional cooking. (Watch reruns of her victory on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons here.)


The former nutrition and culinary instructor for the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts has worked as an executive chef for several top culinary organizations.

Dawn also worked as a ghost writer and recipe developer for multiple cookbooks, as well as published an award-winning food blog, Wicked Good Dinner.

Formerly a marketing manager with The Walt Disney Company, Dawn switched her focus to food when she was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. She earned a master’s degree in health and nutrition education.

She launched This Honest Food online in 2016 to help those with food allergies, diabetes, heart disease and other autoimmune diseases get back on a path to better health through healthy cooking. 

Dawn is completing her first cookbook. And you bet we’ll want her to sign ours! 

We look forward to cheering her on and watching This Honest Food take root in Clermont.


Kathryn Deen is the founder and editor of Clermont Magazine, a Clermont resident and an award-winning professional journalist.

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