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!

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, so I wouldn't starve during my summer research months. I would constantly experiment with recipes, but kept forgetting which recipe I used or what changes I made, so I started OCD to record my culinary endeavors. 

My foodblog grew in medical school, since there was no more cafeteria / dorm food. I've always loved baking, but found I couldn't live on cookies and brownies, 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 up foodblogging through in medical school, residency, fellowship, and onwards, so recipes are geared toward busy people.

"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 two little girls through the years.


Are you a real chef/did you go to culinary school?
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 did Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital / Yale University, and currently am a hematology-oncology fellow at University of Washington where I am specializing in cancer.

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

How do you take your pictures/make your artwork? 
For my photography, 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 to two prime lenses, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8. In Spring 2017, I added the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. In Nov 2018 I upgraded to a full frame Nikon D750 body. Sadly all my Nikon camera gear was stolen on a trip in July 2019. Since then I now use a Sony a7iii mirrorless with the 35mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 for this blog.

I started editing the photos using Apple's Photos program. Then I started learning Photoshop in 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. 

My artwork/doodles were drawn by hand and colored in Photoshop with a 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 collaborate 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)