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Meet The 2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstars


On Wednesday, May 11th, I am hosting our second annual Culinary Nutrition Conference. You won’t want to miss the incredible knowledge from our 2016 culinary nutrition rockstars!

This conference is one of the most fun projects I get to work on. My team and I come together to create our dream team of speakers based on what our Culinary Nutrition Community wants to learn more about and who I see out in the world doing incredible work.

It’s a serious privilege for me to connect with such an incredible community of wise souls. I get nervous before every single interview, where I’m calling these people I admire in the field and ask them all my questions! It’s pretty awesome.

Collectively, this year’s experts have been featured on virtually every media outlet across North America: Oprah, CNN, Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, The New York Times and more.

Even more awesome is that I also get to share these conversations with you through our free and fun online conference (have you saved your seat yet?).

I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you to this year’s conference guests and share some inspiration from their websites.

Keynote: Sayer Ji

Founder of Green Med Info

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Sayer JiSayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, and lecturer, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of Green Med Info, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind.

Conference Interview Focus: Deep dive into hot topics of therapeutic nutrition, biased research, the vaccine debate and integrative cancer treatments.

Dana Harrison and Joel MacCharles

Authors, Batch Cookbook and Bloggers, Well Preserved

Smokey Tomato Gazpacho

Joel and Dana are a super duo with Joel, a TedX Toronto speaker, doing the cooking and writing, and Dana, a brilliant designer, bringing her eye for detail and composition to every creation. Their newly released book, Batch, is a must have resource in every culinary kitchen.

Conference Interview Focus: Building community around shared values of sustainability and connectedness, and the massive journey that is turning a blog into a seriously epic batch cooking anthology.

Davida Kugelmass

The Healthy Maven
Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Davida Kugelmass is the creator, writer and recipe developer behind The Healthy Maven, a blog dedicated to inspiring healthy living through food, fitness and everything in between.

Conference Interview Focus: How to turn your blog into a thriving business, how much time goes into a blog post, getting sponsors for your blog and building a loyal community of readers.

Joy McCarthy

Joyous Health

Baby Food IntroductionJoy McCarthy is a Holistic Nutritionist, author of Joyous Health, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, and Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Conference Interview Focus: In a truly joyous way, Joy shares her experience preparing for, having and recovering from a natural pregnancy and birth. She reveals all in this personal conversation.

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Josh Gitalis

Clinical Nutritionist

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Josh Gitalis

Josh Gitalis is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification, therapeutic supplementation and functional medicine. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is on faculty at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.

Conference Interview Focus: Setting new set-points, the role of genetics in disease, the future of medicine, how to know if you’re on the right path with your health.

Dr. Hyla Cass

Doctor, board-certified in psychiatry and neurology

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Dr Hyla Cass

Dr. Cass is a nationally recognized expert and educator in integrative medicine. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The View, numerous radio shows and is widely quoted in national magazines. Author of several popular books including: Natural Highs, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free and 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health.

Conference Interview Focus: Mental health strategies for a long and happy life, psychotropic drugs and getting off anti-depressants, medicating children and natural approaches for optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.

Aran Goyoaga

Author, Small Plates & Sweet Treats and Blogger, Cannelle et Vanille

Apple Hazelnut CakeAran Goyoaga is an author, food stylist and photographer based in Seattle. Her food blog Cannelle et Vanille is a two-time James Beard Award finalist and was named the second best food blog in the world by the UK Times.

Conference Interview Focus: The secret tricks of exceptional plating, food styling and food photography.

Marni Wasserman and Dr. Jesse Chappus

Hosts, Ultimate Health Podcast

Ultimate Health Podcast

Dr. Chappus is a chiropractor and a holistic health enthusiast. Marni is the founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop. Together they are taking over the health podcast scene with their insanely popular weekly Ultimate Health Podcast.

Conference Interview FocusEstablishing your voice in the podcasting world, securing big name guests, prepping for any type of interview, best tools, best practices and ultimate engagement with your audience.

Peter Neal

Co-Founder, Neal Brothers Foods and Author, Goodness

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Peter Neal

Peter Neal is co-owner of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., a Toronto-based boutique distribution company of prestige brands, gourmet condiments and innovative snack foods with a green and healthy twist. In 2015 Peter and his brother produced Goodness, a cookbook with recipes & stories of inspiration from leading Canadian chefs, activists and farmers.

Conference Interview Focus: How to source, launch and champion good food products in a crowded marketplace. What to consider when considering developing your own or curating a selection of food products.

Alexandra Jamieson

Author, Women, Food and Desire

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Alexandra Jamieson

Alexandra Jamieson was the co-star and co-creator of Super Size Me, the Oscar nominated documentary that shook up our fast food nation in 2004. Alex is a best-selling author, functional nutrition and life coach for women, positive psychology practitioner, podcast host, and “cravings whisperer.”

Conference Interview Focus: Changing diets, public opinion, getting in touch with your own needs, understanding your desires and cravings, moving forward on a path of empowerment.

Dr. Deanna Minich

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences and Author, Whole Life Detox

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Deanna Minich

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine expert and author of five books. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition and functional medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, “whole self” approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, which is the practice of understanding one’s eating and living through the seven core symbolic themes.

Conference Interview Focus: Truly wholistic detoxing, emotional toxicity, breaking habits, defeating the self-sabotage, cultivating self-care.

Marion Nestle

Author, Professor, Activist

2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstar - Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

Conference Interview Focus: Understanding the politics of food, taxes on junk food, marketing claims, revolving door of government and lobbyists, and effective strategies to create change in food policy and safety.

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One Response to “Meet The 2016 Culinary Nutrition Rockstars”

  1. Lots of talent! Great cross-section of people Meghan.

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