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Plant-Based Eating & Life as a Natural Chef

Show summary:

Join Natural Chef Nena Foster as she shares her fascinating career journey and gives us a glimpse into her life as a Natural Chef. Discover how Nena made a successful mid-life career transition to follow her passion for healthy food, ultimately building a thriving career in the culinary industry. With invaluable advice for aspiring Natural Chefs, this episode is a must-listen for anyone considering a career change. We also explore the world of plant-based eating and Nena debunks common myths, explores plant protein sources, and shares her essential kitchen cupboard staples for a plant-based diet. Indulge in some of Nena’s mouthwatering and nutritious recipes which you’ll easily be able to recreate at home.

What you’ll learn:

  • A peek into the world of a Natural Chef, both inside and outside of the kitchen.
  • How to get started in the food and wellness industry, open doors and leverage your existing network.
  • The career opportunities available to Natural Chefs, how to find your niche and generate multiple revenue streams.
  • Nena’s top tips for aspiring Natural Chefs including overcoming challenges and imposter syndrome.
  • Common misconceptions related to plant-based eating and the best way to adopt a nutritious plant-based diet for you and your family.
  • Which plant foods provide good sources of protein and tips for stocking your kitchen.
  • Simple recipes for a plant-based breakfast, lunch and dip.

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Terms: Offer valid until 30th April 2024. Applicable to new students (who have not enrolled on a CNM BSc (Hons) or Diploma course in any capacity before), enrolling for a CNM Diploma in Natural Chef or Vegan Natural Chef. To qualify the enrolee must pay the enrolment fee within the offer period. Students will receive £150 discount on study fees in year 1 (this applies to course fees – not pre-requisites). This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount including open day offers, student discount, ambassador or referral incentives etc. Discounts are non-transferrable, and no cash alternatives will be offered. In the event of a study deferral, the offer will become void. CNM reserves the right to amend, terminate or withdraw from the offer at any time.

Guest Bio:

Nena is a qualified CNM-trained Natural Chef, food educator, food writer and Functional Medicine Health Coach with a PhD in Sociology of Health & Illness. While there may be many strings to her apron bow, every element of her work aims to bring joy, simplicity and accessibility back into health and wellness. Nena has collaborated with renowned chefs like Anna Jones and Marcus Wearing, and her clientele includes brands such as Rude Health, Hello Fresh, and HSBC. She has also been featured in media outlets like The Guardian and Grazia and worked as a recipe developer for several subscription boxes.

Nena is a fermentation specialist and has taught fermentation to hundreds of people around the world and had her recipes featured in The Fibre Fuelled Cookbook, one of the New York Times bestsellers. A passionate food educator, Nena also runs a wellness and inclusion consultancy circle, supporting and developing programmes within organisations.


Nena Foster

The Natural Chef Diploma

The Vegan Natural Chef Diploma

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