Upgrade Spotlight: Cook Faster, Easier & Better With Light

Travis Rea / Brava

How to crush cooking at home so you save time and money, take control of your nutrition, and capture the powerful benefits of light technology.


In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

…you’re listening to a new Upgrade Spotlight series based on what you told me you wanted to hear on this podcast. On one Friday each month, these shorter episodes will feature guests who’ll get right into useful information in a Q&A style. 

You’ll find out how to improve your energy and upgrade your performance. You’ll also get the latest knowledge about powerful tools and technologies that allow you to change your biology and the environment around you. 

Introducing Brava! During this Upgrade Spotlight, you’re going to find out how to cook differently using an innovative kitchen appliance that’s got some cool features that will get you excited about making your meals at home—always a good idea!

First—what Brava is not. The Brava countertop cooking oven isn’t a microwave, isn’t a toaster oven, and isn’t a convection oven.

Instead, it’s a device that cooks with light. Six lamps deliver exact, variable, infrared light waves to your food. Brava synchronizes and controls the amount of power each lamp emits. Simultaneously, the lamps instantly reach full power and turn off just as quickly, creating three independent cooking zones inside the chamber.

The top five benefits of this cooking method include: Searing (great for your grass-fed steaks), precision, versatility, speed and quality.

Brava also cooks up to three different ingredients at the same time. You can air fry, dehydrate and cook your favorite white rice in it (Bulletproof Diet approved). It’s user- and kid-friendly, so your whole family can be part of a lifestyle that prioritizes food that nourishes your body and ups your energy.

"All you have to do is select what you want to cook, load the tray, press the button, and then watch it cook on the cam.”

Travis Rea / Brava

Brava’s vice president and professional chef, Travis Rea, led the Brava Culinary Team in developing Brava’s patented Pure Light Technology (physicists and mathematicians were in on it, too). He’s on the show to explain the technology behind Brava and how cooking with light will change your entire approach to food.

Travis earned a degree in Culinary Arts at the California Culinary Academy. Prior to Brava, he headed the Food Development team at Williams-Sonoma for eight years where he developed nearly 800 private label food products. His experience also includes leadership roles at Revolution Foods and NatureBox. So, he knows the many facets of creating great food.

Brava takes out the guesswork of meal planning by offering over 7,000 fully automated recipe programs. This means you can enjoy cooking more because it takes less of your time.

“What Brava does is give you options,” Travis says. “And some people, like me originally, I thought “I’m not going to need this thing, I’m not going to use it because I don’t need it. I love cooking.” What I found is that it gives me options in those times when I don’t feel like cooking, which actually happens when I’m busy. I can do something and have it fully automated and not worry about it, so that I can do other things. It gives me time to either work on something else on the stove top or it gives me time to just relax and go hang out with my kids.”

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  • I first heard about Brava back in 2017, I had heard they have developed this technology that was cooking with light that could cook a steak in five minutes flat and it sounded way too good to be true.  – 2:36
  • What we’re doing is concentrating the energy from those lamps and using optics like mirrors to bounce and reflect it around the oven chamber, and concentrating that light. – 8:44
  • Is this for professional chefs or is this something that’s meant to you don’t need an oven if you have this, if you’re in a small apartment. What’s the point of the whole thing?  – 13:54
  • The starter set comes with a glass tray and a metal tray, and the temp sensor. When you do the bacon breakfast set, it adds the egg tray, a muffin tray. – 18:38

  • Our recipe programs are not based just on time. They’re based on temperature and a bunch of other variables.  – 25:20

  • So, what’s the deal with kids and Brava? Is it easy?  – 30:29


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