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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 in a day that will leave a lasting impact on you and your health.

Save your complimentary seat now!

It’s all happening on Tuesday, June 15th



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 2021 Culinary Nutrition Conference is bringing 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 day that can impact the rest of your life.

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

2021 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
Kaitlin Papandrea, Culinary Nutrition Expert Class of 2020
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

Cooking Demo 1: Geeta Sakhuja, Masala Chai


Geeta Sakhuja, Certified Instructor & host of virtual Indian cooking classes

Recipes will be provided for all registrants.

This cooking demo will explore:

  • The power of healing spices
  • Simple substitutes for common allergens
  • How to integrate spices into your everyday cooking
  • The joy of making something new
  • A simple beverage that is a staple in traditional Indian cooking

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

Cooking Demo 2: Lindsay Taylor, Family-Friendly Quinoa Fried Rice


Lindsay Taylor, cookbook author, health researcher, doula, and mom

Recipes will be provided for all registrants.

This cooking demo will explore:

  • Practical meal-time solutions for busy people
  • Tricks to get healthy meals on the table fast
  • Simple shortcuts to make meal prep easier
  • Keys to nourishing expectant and new parents
  • A meal that is a winner at the family dinner table

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

It’s Going To Be A Jam-Packed Day!

The Culinary Nutrition Conference is a full day, live online conference taking place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 10:00am ET to 3:45pm ET

Registration includes access to:

🎤 4 Panel sessions

👩‍🍳 2 Cooking demonstrations + recipes

🕺💃 Movement breaks

🥰 Guided meditation session

🌍 Connection with a global community of awesome humans

✅ Conference hub with full panelist details and the day’s schedule.

🥳 Opportunity to win AMAZING prizes (available to live attendees only)

🤩 Access to conference recording for up to 5 days.

Registration will grant you access to the entire day. 

Recordings will be available if you’re unable to join live. A full schedule will be provided within 24 hours of the conference.




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 3-year-old son.


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Can I register with a friend? Do we each need our own registration?

We would appreciate it if every virtual attendee registers. However, if you live in a full and busy household, we highly encourage you to invite those in your home to join you for the live online event.

If I register for the live stream and it turns out that I cannot make it, will there be a recording?

You bet! If you can’t make it live, or can’t make it for the whole day, we will send you a link to all of the session recordings within 24 hours following the Culinary Nutrition Conference.

How long will I have to watch the replay?

The Culinary Nutrition Conference recordings will be available until Sunday, June 20, 2021. You’ll have unlimited access before that date.

If you have any further questions that haven’t already been addressed, please email