WASHINGTON, August 17, 2011— Grand Master Rachel Lee closes her eyes as she lets out a long, slow breath. The studio audience is utterly silent as Lee slowly rotates her razor sharp sword over the open pit fire. She lifts one leg up and balances it on her other knee, as in a yoga Tree pose. Then she leaps.
Spinning 180 degrees, Lee whips the sword out of the fire, confronts the stone counter on which she previously placed an assortment of ingredients, and appears to attack the food. The eye can barely follow her sword as it slices through the steak, dices the vegetables, and turns the garnishes into a fine mist.
Suddenly, it is over. Lee freezes, breathes again, then in a single movement cleans the sword on a cloth and inserts it back into a sheath attached to the side of her counter. She gestures at the counter.
There, like magic, are two perfectly plated meals.
Welcome to Kinzu, the art of meditating, cooking, and exercising. All at the same time.
“Rachel is a genius, a once-in-a-generation innovator,” says Murray Feinburger, producer of Kinzu Dreams. “She’s destined to do for Kinzu what Julia Childs did for French cooking.”
Kinzu practitioners exercise, meditate and cook at the same time, which means they can pack an evening’s worth of obligations into less than an hour.
Johnson, Crabtree and Sweden founder, Mike Johnson says Kinzu transformed his law firm from a stressed-out also ran into the hottest firm in Texas. “We were burned out. Not just me, all the partners, too. But then Kathy O’Connor in our litigation group started taking Kinzu, and she started winning cases. She hooked a few others, and then more and more of us gave it a try.”
O’Connor jumps in, “Mike ate twice as well while losing 20 pounds. There aren’t many programs that can accomplish that.”
Unconfirmed rumors say that Oracle chief Larry Ellison is a Kinzu fan, along with actor Tom Cruise and Texas governor Rick Perry. But producer Feinburger, who appears to have started the rumors, says none of that matters.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet. When America discovers Rachel Lee, everyone will be practicing Kinzu. I’m getting quotes now for two million Kinzu swords. Wal-Mart might be interested.”
Lee is a bit more restrained. “I just love cutting things in half,” she admits.
The foundation of Kinzu is the principle of high speed cooking. By heating swords to ultra high temperatures, Lee manages to cook foods as she slices through them. To maintain a hot enough temperature in the blade, Lee must use a sword that weighs at least seventeen pounds, which is how she manages to get enough exercise to develop the long, lean muscles that so many people wish they had.
Isn’t it dangerous to swing a razor sharp, molten hot sword around your kitchen?
“Ah-ha,” says Lee. “That is where the meditation part comes into play. I would not even think of letting someone try this until they practice meditating two times per day for 30 days.”
The reality show will follow Lee as she recruits and then trains a new group of Kinzu practitioners. Set in Venice, California, the cast is likely to include a diverse group ranging from aging hippies to aspiring actresses.
The pilot has not yet been picked up by a network, but Feinburger says a deal is near. “My phone rings night and day. To tell the truth, it’s hard to get any sleep around here.”
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