Congratulations to Our 2016 Culinary Nutrition Experts!

Our Fall 2016 session of the culinary nutrition expert program is coming to a close and we are unbelievably proud of this year’s incredible tribe. Our Fall 2016 crew came from across the globe, with over 20 countries represented and everyone had an infinite level of wisdom and inspiration to offer.

The grand finale of the culinary nutrition program, their final assignment, is a 2-hour live class facilitated by our culinary nutrition experts-in-training. This is the opportunity for our students to incorporate all of the skills they’ve learned throughout the semester and share what they know about culinary nutrition with family, friends, or coworkers.

Our students are always a little nervous about hosting an event, but every year they are filled with elation and gratification after they totally rock it.

We are so proud to share photos of some of our students, where they share their smiling faces, beautiful food and pride at a job well done!

Krista Delf, Winnipeg MB

“Cooking for Balance was a major success! My guests were shocked that such delicious foods could be vegan & gluten free! The turnout was incredible and this has given me the confidence I needed to start my business! Beaming with love and excitement.”

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Lisa Turan, Grand Lake CO

“I’m so happy to have that first class complete. I had more people than expected, but everyone had so much fun! My kitchen looked like a tornado hit it! Loved every minute!”

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Summer Mackey, Denton TX

“I had the best first experience of hosting a cooking class ever! I feel beyond blessed. Everyone loved it, I got amazing feedback and feel like doing 12 cartwheels in celebration!!”

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Sandra Schellenberg, Toronto ON

“I was so nervous, but I was luckily surrounded by some of my closest friends. It was so much fun! We learned, we cooked, we laughed, we ate! We even got a surprise visit from my friend’s 4 year old daughter to taste test. Definitely kid approved! All in all I’d say it went well. I’m already thinking up my next topic for another!”

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Cassidy Neiser, Owen Sound ON

“I am so grateful for this workshop assignment! The experience was incredible. It is something I have always pictured myself doing, but never had the courage to do it. It was the first time I have truly felt like an expert and it was AWESOME! Thank you for all your motivation and support these past few months. This journey has been amazing. Looking forward to see what 2017 brings for everyone! :) “

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Maybel Moore, Toronto ON

“My workshop is done! Everyone had a good time, my daughters wanted to help with everything! Thanks to my family and friends for their support. Time to celebrate!”

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Michael Tanenbaum, Los Angeles CA

“What a wonderful experience!”

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Sujata Kale-Banerjea, Oakville ON

“There was a cooking party in my kitchen :). A great learning experience. “

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Katherine McMackin, Peachtree City GA

“I did my workshop today and gained so much from the experience! I really loved it – more than I expected. Can’t wait to try again!”

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Marie Hagan, Limerick PA

“I loved it! I felt so alive. Besides guests having a great time cooking and learning, everyone wanted to know more and asked lots of questions throughout. Then we ate like champs! So grateful for this experience. Thank you, Meghan, for your inspiration, knowledge and blueprint to make this happen. My mom passed away in 1995. She taught me how to cook and would’ve been beyond proud of me. I had to have her with me today. So a sweet bonus, I used her embroidered tablecloth on the table that’s over 50 years old. I swear it made everything taste even better.”

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Barbara Doan, Lethbridge AB

“And that’s a wrap! Such a rewarding experience. I got the nicest compliment from a guest when she said to me, ‘You are totally in your element!’ “

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Claudia Alvarez, Oakville ON

“I was nervous and even though I had a few mishaps we had a wonderful time, we blessed the food we ate, we celebrated life and expressed our gratitude. “

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Leslie Durkin, Etobicoke ON

“Well…workshop complete. It went very well! What a great experience it was! My friends were quite impressed and said they learned so much! They loved the food, too.”

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Ginny Dwyer, Ingersoll ON

“What a blast! Thank gawd for the prep list and workshop schedule. I would have been sunk without them – thank you, Meghan! Time flew by and I enjoyed myself as much as my guests. More importantly, this has given me a confidence boost. I really did know more than I thought I did. The #cneprogram has truly exceeded all my expectations – it has been harder and way more worthwhile than I’d anticipated.”

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Karen Yaworsky, Kanata ON

“This is exactly why I took this course! Teaching a workshop yesterday on “The Love of Chocolate” was an amazing experience. Looking forward to offering regular workshops as part of my business. Thank you CNE for helping me follow through with a vision I had years ago. Making dreams a reality!”


We are bursting with pride at our students’ accomplishments. They have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills in a very short time, and hosting these workshops is a testament to their commitment, enthusiasm and positivity. The culinary nutrition expert program strives to inspire our students and equip them with the tools to share their knowledge with others. As you can see from the photos above, this year’s cohort has not only become amazing educators, but also further inspired the people in their lives to get into the kitchen too.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

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