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Join Academy of Culinary Nutrition founder Meghan Telpner as she hosts inspirational, thought-leading Culinary Nutrition Experts from around the world! Culinary Nutrition Conference Week will give you a daily dose of empowerment that will leave a lasting impact on you and your health.


The Culinary Nutrition Conference takes place online June 7-10



Culinary nutrition merges nutritional science and traditional diets with practical everyday culinary skills to bring health into the place where it all starts – our home kitchens.

The Culinary Nutrition Conference Week brings together a diverse selection of graduates of the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program who have taken what they’ve learned to impact their own health, that of their families, their communities and in some cases, to launch new businesses.

Health comes in all forms and affects every aspect of our lives. The conversations, insights, practical tips and inspiration from our panel of speakers will reinvigorate your personal life and maybe even your professional direction.

Get Excited! This is a week that can impact the rest of your life.

How conference week works:

During Culinary Nutrition Conference Week, you will gain access to one panel a day to enjoy 45 minute sessions packed with inspiration, learning & fun.

If you’re unable to tune in on the day of the panel, you will be able to enjoy the panel discussions for a limited time.

Through these sessions, you will learn actionable steps you can take to improve your health, the health of your friends and family, and maybe ignite a new business idea.

This Conference Is For You If

You Need A Place To Start Learning

  • You have never heard of culinary nutrition and want to learn more
  • You are seeking a welcoming and inclusive space to learn about how to improve your health
  • You work in the natural health or health care field and want to deepen your knowledge
  • You love learning and connecting with like-minded people

You Are Ready To Go Deeper

  • You know about culinary nutrition but are always hungry for more knowledge
  • You want to understand how other people are applying this work in their lives
  • You are driven towards improving your culinary nutrition skills
  • You are ready to take action

Culinary Nutrition Panel Topics

Session 1 : Stories of Transformation: How Culinary Nutrition Can Transform Your Health


Clockwise from top left
Sue Valentine,
Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2020
Tracey Somerford, Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2020
Melanie Connolly, Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2013
Jenny Bradley, Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2020
Valerie Whitt, Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2020

In this session, we explore:

  • How to accept the role nutrition plays in our wellbeing
  • Braving the first step in taking responsibility for our health
  • How to cope with naysayers in our lives
  • How natural nutrition can merge with conventional health protocols
  • How to maintain health practices long term

Session 2: Taking Your Food Product Idea To Market (and Retail!)


Clockwise from top left
Shiru Macharia, Nutrisnack
Candi Haas and Rita Childers, Core & Rind
Christine Bullajian, Paleo Nut
Keisha Luke, Keisha Luke Nutrition & Catering
Renée Mackey Burson, Soul Purpose Bars

In this session, we explore:

  • How to know if your idea is a winner
  • How to best test your idea in a low risk way
  • When to take on investors (or is it even needed?)
  • How to navigate regulations
  • How to scale into commercial production
  • Moving from market to retail

Session 3: How Your Passion For Health and Food Can Change The World One Community At A Time


Clockwise from top left
Richard Blackwood, Impact Kitchen Community Outreach Manager
Shannon Mayernik, Mayernik Kitchen
Melissa Flynn, Chicago Food Advocate
Alica Diehl, MBA Student in Sustainable Business Practices
Katherine Boggs, Thrive for Good

In this session, we explore:

  • How to get started in not-for-profit work
  • What food security areas need support now
  • How to make a living and fulfill on a bigger purpose
  • How to create sustainable food systems
  • Surprising ways culinary nutrition knowledge can serve local communities

Session 4: One Meal For All – Getting Little Ones (And Selective Older Ones) On Board


Clockwise from top left
Christine Flynn, Executive Chef at iQ Food Co. and Cookbook Author
Cindy Spratt, Nutrition Counselor and Cooking Instructor
Michael Tanenbaum, Consciously Kosher
Michelle Fox, Culinary Nutritionist
Erin Ysunza, Family Recipe, LLC

In this session, we explore:

  • How to introduce healthier food into the home
  • Effective ways to talk to your kids (and partners!) about food choices
  • Establishing a healthy relationship with food from a young age
  • What language to avoid when talking to kids about food
  • How to best manage the selective eaters in the home

The Culinary Nutrition Conference Week takes place online from Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, June 10

Your registration includes access to:

🎤 4 pre-recorded panel sessions, 1 per day

🤩 Access to the entire conference for limited time

✨ Inspirational stories from Culinary Nutrition Experts who have transformed their lives, as well as their families and their communities

✅ Tips, tricks & strategies to turn your passion into something more




Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and the founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She’s written two bestselling books: UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. Meghan’s success in cultivating a global community of UnDiet enthusiasts and Culinary Nutrition Experts has garnered her a feature in Forbes, and ranked her as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. She is married to Josh Gitalis and together they have a 4-year-old son.