The Academy of Culinary Nutrition is an inclusive online education destination with the primary mission of leading the way in providing resources and training for health, nutrition and culinary enthusiasts to become leaders and teachers in their respective communities. We offer loads of free resources, downloads, and live online trainings that are available to everyone, and those who want to take it a step further, we offer a growing range of courses along with our flagship Culinary Nutrition Expert Program.

We proudly celebrate a global community of over 2,500 Certified Culinary Nutrition Experts in 73 countries.

The collective goal of the Academy and our Certified Experts is to create a positive global impact by teaching, sharing and living what we do best—creating, cooking, and eating the best food in the world, while giving back in the process.  We strive to offer equitable, inclusive resources and change-making educational experience.

In 2008, Meghan Telpner first began offering cooking classes in her loft-style kitchen in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhood of Parkdale. Shortly afterwards, she launched the Culinary Nutrition Program, starting with just 12 students around her kitchen table.

As demand for her classes grew and the walls of her 600 square foot loft could expand no further, Meghan took the leap to online teaching and began transforming her live, in person classes into video-based courses for a global audience. Meghan gathered the best team she could find and began building the world’s first online school for culinary nutrition.

The fall of 2013 saw the inaugural launch of the online Culinary Nutrition Expert Program with 100 students from around the world, and with it, a paradigm shift – this knowledge could finally be shared far and wide.

All of our courses are created with you in mind. We want to help you develop your skills so you can best serve yourself, your family and your friends, as well as your clients, patients and students.

Our Food Philosophy

Inclusivity is a mainstay in everything we do, and as such, we welcome students and community members, no matter their dietary preferences.

We educate based on the latest research combined with the wisdom of traditional diets and invite all of our students to determine the food philosophy that best suits their needs.

Our programs are both vegan and paleo friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free, and we work with ingredients in their whole and unprocessed form. We don’t count calories but instead aim to create recipes and meals that are delicious, health supportive and nutrient dense.

There are 7 billion different diets best suited to the 7 billion people on the planet.

We educate our students from the point of view that no teacher or practitioner will ever know what someone needs better than the person themselves. Our job is to share information, recipes, ideas and skills that invite our community and clients to determine what makes the most sense for themselves.

Meet Our Founder: Meghan Telpner

Part 1/6: What inspired you to create the Academy of Culinary Nutrition?

Part 2/6: What is your food philosophy?

Part 3/6: How our community impacts our program and school

Part 4/6: What do you love about the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program?

Part 5/6: What sets the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program apart?

Part 6/6: What is your hope for the graduates of the CNE Program?