About Me

Name: Natalie Uy Chef Uy (now Chef Uy, MD!)

About me: 
I'm a premed / medical student / resident doctor! I study. I doodle. I cook, bake, and eat  :o)

Email: Feel free to contact me at obsessivecooking@gmail.com


About Obsessive Cooking Disorder:

Obsessive Cooking Disorder (lovingly known as OCD) was originally a random collection of recipes for my record keeping. I started this food blog as a Stanford undergraduate who needed to cook food so I wouldn't starve (or go broke dining out in Palo Alto) during my summer research months. I kept forgetting how I cooked/baked/concocted X, so I started OCD to record my culinary experiments. 

My foodblogging endeavors really grew in medical school, once there was no more cafeteria/dorm food. I've always loving baking, but found I couldn't live on cookies / brownies alone, and thus expanded the range of recipes.

My work on OCD has grown to include inventing recipes, food photography, finding the history/science/random facts about food, and writing stories. I kept foodblogging up in medical school, residency, and onwards, so recipes are geared toward busy people.

Oh, and for those wondering, "B" is my fiance / now husband and ever diligent food taster (he prefers to remain mysterious, and thus goes by his first initial). We both love to eat! Our family has grown by a little fox and a little girl through the years.


Are you a real chef/did you go to culinary school?
Nope, I'm just a premed / medical student / resident doctor who likes to eat. "Chef Uy" is just a nickname my family gave me.
Disclaimer: This is a personal blog with my thoughts / musing on life. I do not claim to give professional medical advice on this blog and any patient identifiers are removed / altered for privacy. 

Are you a real doctor?
Yes, that's my day job. I most recently finished Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital (Yale University) and I loved it. I work as a hospitalist and (hopefully) will eventually go into hematology / oncology.

My journey as a doctor is labeled "medical" for those interested.

How did you make your blog?
I use Google's blogger. Yes, it's not the norm in blogging vs WordPress, and it takes a little customizing with coding, but it's free (ie what a poor college student could afford) and easy to post.

How do you take your pictures/make your artwork? 
For the the photos, I've used a variety of cameras over the years.

From 2008 I used a Nikon D5100 DSLR with the kit lens. In Dec 2016, I upgraded so to 2 prime lenses, Nikon 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. In Spring 2017, I added the Nikon 35mm 1.8. In Nov 2018 I upgraded to a full frame Nikon D750. Sadly all my gear was stolen on a trip.

As of July 2019, I now use a Sony a7iii with the 35mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8.

I started editing the photos using Apple's Photos, which is very basic. Then I used Photoshop since ~2012. Now since 2018, I use Lightroom and Photoshop.

Food styling is all practice, and I take usually 30 pictures for every recipe shoot. I take my pictures with natural light and as of Dec 2019, a lightbox setup. I use random items from my closet / cabinets as props.

My artwork/doodles are drawn by hand and colored in Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I used to draw for every recipe for a year in medical school, but I no longer keep them up due to time constraints.

Do you work with companies/do sponsored posts? Do you accept guest posts from other bloggers? 
This blog is purely a fun hobby and a personal space, so I don't do guest posts. I love watching it grow, and I've had the opportunity to collab with some amazing companies that I genuinely love.

For collaborations, read more here (Work with Me) and email me at obsessivecooking@gmail.com.

How do you have time to cook and do medicine and volunteer and draw and exercise and...?
If you love something (and I do LOVE eating) you find the time for it. Life's a marathon, not a sprint!

If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff -- Ratatouille (Pixar)