What Can a Culinary Nutrition Expert Do, Anyway?

What Can A Culinary Nutrition Expert Do?

The short answer: A lot.

If you’re considering signing up for the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, you may be wondering, what what can a culinary nutrition expert do? Can 14 weeks of cooking up a storm and learning about the healing power of food really lead to a career?

The truth is, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do with a Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) designation. Here are just a few ideas of ways you can put your newfound culinary nutrition wisdom to use.

1. Teaching cooking classes.

How we prepare you: Teaching cooking classes is an amazing way to share your knowledge with the wider community, and teaching the teachers is our first priority. From the very beginning of the program we get you into the kitchen, whipping up amazing recipes that we provide, and also teach you how to develop your own. Later on in the program, you’ll actually plan and execute your very own demonstration-style workshop or hands-on cooking class. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a pro!

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2. Develop and sell meal plans for specific health conditions.

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How we prepare you: One of the first assignments in the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is to develop a meal plan for your own family. As the program continues, you’ll start researching a condition of interest to you, and design a customized meal plan to help.

Who’s doing it:

Click here to learn more about how you can become a Culinary Nutrition Expert.

3. Cater private dinners, be a personal chef or start a meal delivery service.

How we prepare you: We teach you how to cook incredible food! But beyond deliciousness, you’ll learn how to ensure that each and every ingredient you use is healing for your condition of choice – and that focus on health is what will make you stand apart from the competition.

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4. Develop AMAZING recipes.

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How we prepare you: While following existing recipes is a big part of the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, you’ll learn very quickly the best methods for developing and testing your own recipes that you can then publish online, in magazines, or even in your own cookbook. You may also be able to find work developing custom recipes for companies or testing recipes for publications.

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5. Create a food product line to sell.

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How we prepare you: Once you become a pro at developing your own recipes, you’ll probably want to share them with others! Many of our graduates go on to create their own products to sell at farmers markets and grocery stores. From cold-pressed granola to

Who’s doing it: 

  • Candi Tenney + Rita Childers, Fall 2014 & 2015 graduates. They launched Core + Rind, an FDA-approved line of dairy-free Cashew Cheesy Sauces. It took a year for them to develop the shelf-stable recipe without additives or preservatives using organic ingredients, making it the only one of its kind on the market.
  • Lora Bertolo, Fall 2016 graduate. Lora works with cafes in Toronto, providing them with healthful gluten-free and dairy-free baked treats.
  • Keisha Luke, Fall 2014 graduate. In addition to catering and meal delivery, Keisha has her own line of juice cleanses.
  • Nathan Johanneck, Fall 2016 graduate. Nathan launched a local food stand in his community, where he serves organic smoothies, baked goodies and veggie fajitas, so check it out if you’re in the area!
  • Kim Young, Fall 2014 graduate. She began Kifoodie, a monthly subscription box that includes 2-4 kitchen gadgets and products, a culinary activity (with a healthy twist), a recipe, shopping list, and a mystery bag of 3-5 artisan treats and snacks hand-picked to inspire kids who are learning to cook.
  • Shannon Mulligan, Fall 2015 graduate. Shannon’s business, Mayernik Kitchen, sells tinctures, teas and beauty care products.

Click here to learn more about how you can become a Culinary Nutrition Expert.

5. Write about food and nutrition: food blogs, cookbooks, magazines, newspapers and more.

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How we prepare you: Not only will you be cooking delicious food, you’ll be writing about it, too. Each week you’ll have written assignments and reflections to do, helping you develop your research skills and unique writing voice. You’ll also need to do a content creation assignment in which you feature one of your recipes in an article or blog post. Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to submit stories to publications, start your own food blog and even ghostwrite about nutrition for private clients.

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6. Work one to one with clients or become a better health coach, nutritionist, dietitian, naturopath, doctor, nurse, etc.

How we prepare you: If you already have an educational background in health, the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is an awesome way to round out your knowledge and develop hands-on skills. Many of our students come from other nutrition schools, finding themselves filled to the brim with nutrition information but not knowing how to effectively share that wisdom with clients.

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7. Create online programs and workshops.

How we prepare you: All of the skills you learn as a Culinary Nutrition Expert are easily transferable to online platforms. Plus, since the program itself is online, you will gather personal experience participating in online program for inspiration.

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8. Host retreats.

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How we prepare you: Why limit yourself to teaching a one or two-hour class when you can keep the momentum going for a day or a weekend? The range of cooking skills you learn, from menu planning to recipe development to condition-specific eating, plus the additional knowledge you’ll gather about culinary herbs and beauty care, lend themselves to long-form styles of teaching. Our graduates host integrated holistic retreats that often include cooking classes, yoga, journaling, goal-setting and more.

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9. Pursue food photography.

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How we prepare you: If food photography is of interest to you, not to worry – you’ll be doing plenty of that, too! Our students take pictures of their recipe assignments each week to send to their program coaches. Some graduates have quite the flair for photography and go on to pursue food photography and styling.

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10. Become a media personality!

How we prepare you: We don’t train our graduates to be on TV as part of the curriculum, but many of them end up connecting with local television stations and doing cooking segments to share their knowledge. It’s not for everyone, but those who enjoy it do a fantastic job!

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11. Start a business nobody’s thought of yet.

How we prepare you: The CNE Program isn’t just about food – we’re all about business development, too! The professional level of the program includes a market assessment assignment that will help you take the first step towards running your own show, while the certified professional level guides you to focus your ideas, start your own business and make it happen.

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12. Improve your health, your family’s health and your community’s health.

How we prepare you: Even if you already consider yourself to be fairly health conscious, the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program will help you take it to the next level. By learning more than you ever thought there was to know about nutrition and how to apply it in the kitchen, you’ll find yourself making big changes to your lifestyle without even realizing it.

Who’s doing it: Each and every one of our amazing graduates!

Click here to learn more about how you can become a Culinary Nutrition Expert.

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2 responses to “What Can a Culinary Nutrition Expert Do, Anyway?

  1. Hi, I love the work you guys do! I was curious other than writing an “info-product” what are other ways of selling mealplans or recipes for specific chronic conditions to the public? I’m starting Masters in Clinical Nutrition/functional Medicine soon and plan on being a CCN/FDN. My vision is creating my e-cookbook tying Clinical-Culinary-Functional Medicine worlds together with specific recipes telling what conditions in brain-body they address and why! Does your program teach how to create e-cookbooks?

  2. Thanks for including me in this amazing roundup! It’s so great to see all of the good alumns are doing! This program was life changing for me and taught me so much about nutrition and healing through food. If you’re considering joining don’t hesitate!

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